“Anxiety and angst can certainly produce some interesting work, but it’s not the only way to make music. I’m also not as obsessive and crazy as I used to be.” -David Byrne (via)
The name David Byrne has been popping up in the news quite a bit lately. He was the featured artist in last month’s Fader icon issue, his record label, Luaka Bop, just celebrated it’s 21st anniversary, he’s been guesting onstage with various contemporary artists, and from all accounts just nailed it at Bonnaroo, Friday night, breaking out Talking Heads material. Oh, and he still prefers cycling in his native Manhattan to other modes of transportation.
Byrne’s collaborative album with Brian Eno from last year, Everything That Happens Happens Today, inspired me to revisit the artists previous LP, Grown Backwards; an album I very much underappreciated upon its initial relase. Listen to how the LP kicks off, below, with “Glass, Concrete & Stone,” and check out Byrne and Eno’s “Strange Overtones” from 2008 if you missed it.
Elsewhere: Those interested can download the PDF version of the David Byrne Fader isssue, for free, HERE.
MP3: David Byrne :: Glass, Concrete & Stone
MP3: David Byrne & Brian Eno :: Strange Overtones
Amazon: David Byrne – Grown Backwards