Love This Giant *** Vinyl
Love This Giant *** Vinyl
David Byrne and Annie Clark (aka ST VINCENT) met in 2009 at the ‘Dark Was The Night’ benefit at Radio City Music Hall, and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely and trading song ideas and structures online (while Clark toured), and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them.
Byrne performed with Clark at her ‘American Songbook’ show at Lincoln Centre in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s ‘Here Lies Love’ album, released the same year. Clark said of the whole process, “We just started writing and kept writing and writing. It just evolved into a much bigger thing. It’s a collaboration I’m truly proud of.”
‘Love This Giant’ has been released under exclusive license from Byrne’s label TODO MUNDO. Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey; the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually.
The album centres around an explosive brass band and is propelled by Grammy nominated producer John Congleton’s drum programming. “There was no delineating what the roles were,” explains Clark. The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums line-up in favour of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
1 Who 2. Weekend In The Dust 3. Dinner For Two 4. Ice Age 5. I Am An Ape 6. The Forest Awakes 7. I Should Watch TV 8. Lazarus 9. Optimist 10. Lightning 11. The One Who Broke Your Heart - Feat. The Dap-Kings & Antibalas 12. Outside Of Space & Time
David Byrne, former frontman of Talking Heads, is no stranger to collaboration, from his early efforts with Brian Eno right through to his recent live album with Caetano Veloso. On Byrne’s latest release he teams with Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), who was previously a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ band. Since meeting in 2009, the two have contributed to each other’s projects.
Love This Giant sees the pair sharing the lyrical and vocal duties equally, and the track ‘Who’ meshes brass, beats and guitars with an infectious, upbeat energy
Michael Awosoga-Samuel is a bookseller and music specialist at Readings Carlton.
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