Both are adventurous musicians who employ a playfully surreal streak within their work — Byrne via the well-known Art Pop stylings of Talking Heads and a variety of lesser-known solo projects; Clark via St. Vincent, which has yielded a trio of accomplished Chamber Pop albums marked by its leading lady’s ethereal voice, expressive guitar gymnastics and dynamic arrangements. They both also seem like otherworldly creatures, artistic savants who see things from a different angle.The duo’s first album together, last year’s Love This Giant, is pretty much what you’d expect from of a Byrne/Clark collaboration: a dozen slanted Pop songs heavy on horns and highlighted by the duo’s distinctive vocals and a healthy dose of Funk.
It should also come as no
surprise to learn that the live shows in support of Love This Giant
are highly conceptual affairs featuring intricate choreography and
elaborate lighting schemes. Perhaps less expected has been the inclusion
of Talking Heads staples like “This Must Be the Place,” Burning Down
the House” and “Road to Nowhere,” plus St. Vincent tunes like “Marrow,”
“Cheerleader” and “Cruel,” with Byrne and Clark injecting a curious new
element into the other’s songs.
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