Over the weekend, NPR’s First Listen put up the entire album-collaboration between Talking Head David Byrne and Dallas’ own Annie Clark — Love This Giant drops Sept. 11 on the Todo Mundo label, but you can pre-order here. Anyone who has been listening obsessively to St. Vincent’s “Marrow” — like at the KXT Summer Cut in June, where she crowd-surfed while playing guitar — has heard the Heads influence, so this combo is a natural. It’s been much-anticipated since word first came out on their collaboration. And it’s a combo you’ll be able to catch live this October 7 at McFarlin Auditorium.
In fact, Love This Giant is the liveliest, tightest-best Byrne has sounded in a long time (NPR’s Stephen Thompson agrees), while numbers like “Ice Age” excitingly echo the stutter-percussion propulsion of “Marrow.”And then, there’s the horn section.
Enjoy all the tracks here.