David Byrne and St. Vincent’s well received Love This Giant tour is wrapping up in the USA before heading off to Australia. NPR visited them during the final day of rehearsals in Montclair, NJ:
Last month, we went to the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J., on the final day of rehearsals to get a glimpse into the nature of this joint effort. We saw two visionary artists, one just about twice the age of the other, making music one calculated step at a time. It’s a big project, with those eight horn players in constant, choreographed motion as they play songs from the new album, music from Byrne’s thrilling catalog (including a stunning version of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”) and St. Vincent songs such as “Cruel.” They also worked with choreographer Annie-B Parson, who suggested eccentric dance moves for Byrne, Clark and the eight horn players. In these rehearsals, I could see the alchemy for a perfect two hours of quirk and delight.