Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne and Tulsa native St. Vincent will be the musical guests tonight on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The show airs at 11:37 p.m. on NBC (KFOR-4 in Oklahoma City).
The pair will perform one of the tracks from their collaborative album “Love This Giant,” due out Tuesday.
Oklahoma music fans will have extra reason to watch Fallon tonight, since country music superstar Blake Shelton, an Ada native who lives in Tishomingo, also will be a guest on the program. Shelton will be talking up the Season 3 premiere of “The Voice”; the hit reality TV show debuts at 7 tonight on NBC.
“Love This Giant,” which will be released worldwide by 4AD, was recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J. NPR is offering fans a chance to listen to the album before it is released; to hear “Love This Giant,” click here.
The album is billed as a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne, the Grammy and Oscar winner best known as the principal songwriter of the Talking Heads, and St. Vincent, the Tulsa-born singer/songwriter/guitarist also known as Annie Clark, co-writing 10 of the album’s 12 tracks. Each artist also penned one song individually.
The album centers around an explosive brass band and is propelled by John Congleton’s drum programming.
“There was no delineating what the roles were,” explains Clark in a news release. “It’s a collaboration I’m truly proud of.” The duo also split lyrical and vocal duties on the record, which despite eschewing a traditional guitar/bass/drums lineup in favor of idiosyncratic horn arrangements, presents itself as infectious and modern hook-laden rock.
Byrne and Clark met in 2009 at the ‘Dark Was the Night’ benefit at Radio City Music Hall and were approached shortly after by the Housing Works Bookstore to collaborate on a night of music. They began composing remotely, trading song ideas and structures online while Clark toured and it quickly became apparent that they had more than just one night of music in them.
Byrne performed with Clark at her “American Songbook” show at Lincoln Center in 2010, and Clark contributed vocals to Byrne’s “Here Lies Love album,” released the same year.