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David Byrne
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David Byrne

Album: American Utopia
Release Date: March 9th
David Byrne has spent much of the past decade collaborating with other artists – making albums with Brian Eno and St. Vincent and writing a musical with Fatboy Slim, among other projects. Now he's putting out his first album since 2004's Grown Backwards, but he hasn't abandoned his collaborative spirit. The first single, "Everybody's Coming to My House," is an upbeat, rhythm-heavy dance rocker that he co-wrote with Brian Eno. Elsewhere on American Utopia, produced by Rodaidh McDonald (the XX, King Krule), he works with left-field electronic composer Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Vincent producer Doveman and Kelela collaborator Jam City, among others. In a statement, Byrne said the album's lyrics present a different, at times more optimistic way of looking at the world right now. "The songs are sincere – the title is not ironic," he said. "The title refers not to a specific utopia, but rather to our longing, frustration, aspirations, fears and hopes regarding what could be possible, what else is possible. ... Music is a kind of model – it often tells us or points us toward how we can be."

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