David Byrne releasing “American Utopia” Friday
This Friday, March 9th, eclectic New-Wave artist David Byrne will be dropping his latest studio album, American Utopia. The record is Byrne’s first solo release since 2014. It will mark the end of his 4 year long silence – that’s a Pink Floyd level hiatus in Byrne-time.
Since the creation of Talking Heads, David Byrne has held a prolific position in the art-pop scene. And while Byrne’s non-western rhythms and unorthodox vocals have become iconic, not much else ever stays the same between releases. In the albums pre-released tracks, “Everybody’s Coming to My House” and “This is That,” Byrne’s lyrics have a particularly humanist tone.
Words like “We’re only tourists in this life, only tourists but the view is nice,” urge us to accentuate the positive, and disregard the negative. American Utopia is part of a multimedia project known as the Reasons to Be Cheerful, which might explain the cheery tone.
American Utopia will be released through Todomundo and Nonesuch Records. While the album is out for purchase on Friday, NPR made an early release so all you die-hard Byrners don’t have to wait. Stay ahead of the plays and listen to American Utopia at NPR.org or reserve your copy at Nonesuch Records.