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David Byrne and St. Vincent Break the Brass Ceiling


The funny thing about that sense of scale, of course, is that the horns chosen for a small bookstore show are about to be taken out for a national tour—on which Byrne and Clark will have to deal with the logistics of an eight-piece brass section, and the eight-piece brass section will have to replicate parts that, in the studio, used as many as sixteen “tough-guy New York session players.”

“This was an expensive record!” says ­Byrne. “Maybe not as much as a Nicki Minaj record, or whatever, but for different reasons. Just the number of players that were on every song. That doesn’t happen very often anymore. These days there’s always a feeling—or at least I always have this feeling—that says, ‘This might be your last chance to do something like this before the music business … ’ ”

Clark laughs: “Totally tanks?”

“Spend the last few pennies in your pocket and do something you might not be able to in the future,” says Byrne. “Occasionally I had that feeling: Do this while you can.”

Love This Giant
David Byrne and St. Vincent.
Todo Mundo/4AD. September 11.


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