Is it totally unreasonable to think of collaboration between St. Vincent and David Byrne to be akin to St.Vincent fronting Talking Heads? How gloriously bizarre and indefinably wicked would that be? Imagine Annie riffing on David’s clunky dance steps or fusing some of her schizoid guitar funk onto “Slippery People”? Well, you more or less get the former in this clip for “Who”, the first single from their new album Love This Giant (out September 10 on 4AD).
Shot by Danish director Martin de Thurah, the black and white video features both Byrne and St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark getting loose and limber on the road. Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, Love This Giant is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually. Co-produced by Patrick Dillett and John Congleton, the songs are all built around an explosive brass band core; the energy is infectious.