Over sparse beats manipulated pianos and icy synths, Byrne sings, “That’s when I got your message / That’s when I sing this song / That’s when he says it’s over / That’s when my life is in your hands now / That’s when I call you up / That’s when my river overflows / That’s when I use my cash card / That’s when I think of who you are.”
Byrne previously shared “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” co-written by longtime collaborator Brian Eno, from American Utopia, Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about the pop-oriented sound of his new album, Byrne said, “I’m comfortable with that partly because the lyrics are so very, very far away from what you would hear in a normal pop song. I mean, with a lot of artists I just go, ‘You’ve gotta write about something other than your boyfriend and your girlfriend! The world is a big place. You’re not 18 anymore – you can do this!'”
American Utopia, Byrne’s first solo album since 2004’s Grown Backwards, arrives March 6th.