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While I haven't been a fan of every David Byrne collaboration (sorry, Fat Boy Slim), his new pairing with indie darling St. Vincent should yield some interesting results — the fruits of which Houstonians will see when the duo arrives at the Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall on Oct. 6 with a drummer, a synth player and an eight-piece brass band.
David Byrne and St. Vincent will join forces Oct. 6 at Sarofim Hall with a drummer, a synth player and an eight-piece brass band.
Listening to the two sample tracks from their forthcoming album Love This Giant, fans of Byrne's music through the decades will get a walk down memory lane, from the staccato horns from his early scores for The Knee Plays and The Catherine Wheel to his flirtations with trip-hop at the close of the 20th century.
That said, the songs sound fresh with vocals from St. Vincent (aka, Annie Clark) . . . which, I suppose, is the whole idea behind a veteran musician working with someone half his age. Anyway, fact of the matter is that the partnership clicks, allowing each artist to build upon their trademark moves to create something neither they nor their fans would have expected.
Contributions from the Dap-Kings and the Anibalas Afrobeat Orchestra certainly will round out the sound on the new record, which comes out in mid-September, although it remains to be seen if members of either backup band will join the Love This Giant tour.