FILTER Issue 49
David Byrne and St. Vincent: Songs of Ourselves
On stands August 31, 2012
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FILTER Magazine proudly introduces FILTER 49, featuring an in-depth look behind the collaboration of two of the ‘Good Music’ publications’ most influential and inspirational musicians today—David Byrne & St. Vincent. The unsuspecting duo most recently teamed up to create the horn-based collaboration, Love This Giant, which will be released this fall. Before music lovers everywhere can get their hands on the melodically jagged new album, they can delve deep behind the music with FILTER Magazine’s exclusive cover feature from FILTER 49—available on newsstands August 31.
Four years in the making, Annie Clark, aka singer-front-woman-multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent, and Talking-Heads-front-man-turned-multimedia-solo-artist David Byrne are set to release Love This Giant and, via FILTER Magazine, discuss their partnership, set the record straight on how they were first acquainted, discuss why they warped their faces for the album’s cover and how a little disturbance or discomfort can be a beautiful thing.
*Each issue features a special vertical cover dust jacket.
Highlights from A Conversation with David Byrne and Annie Clark
“I heard Annie’s music right after her first album came out. I bought the record, I liked it…I liked what she was doing and thought the songs were really good; always slightly disturbing.”
– David Byrne, on discovering the music of St. Vincent
When approached years ago about whom would be her dream partner to collaborate with, Annie Clark responded, "David Byrne":
“I first heard David’s music in a 1985 classic called Revenge of the Nerds..that movie was a big staple of my childhood. It was probably a little inappropriate for us, but we didn’t have a lot of supervision. And my sister had Remain in Light, which she would spin on the record player constantly.”
– St. Vincent, on discovering the music of David Byrne
On the new album
“With some collaborations I’ve done, I’ve just written a melody and sung words. In this case, there was more of a real give and take.” – David Byrne
Both David Byrne and St. Vincent wrote their own lyrics for “Love This Giant” with one exception, David wrote the lyrics for “The Forest Awakes” but Annie sang the song:
“The lyrics sounded big; they’re about natural forces and the movement of peoples There’s no irony in it, but I thought people might hear my voice and think that I was being ironic anyway. I thought Annie doing it would help people hear the song more and not hear whatever baggage I bring it.” – David Byrne on writing "The Forest Awakes"
“I was happy to sing it; I love that song. ’The Forest Awakes’ really dictated the lyrical themes for the record – natural forces, micro-macro, the universe consciousness. You know, simple stuff.” – St. Vincent
For the cover of Love This Giant
“David suggested the idea of beauty and the beast, but I would be the beast and he would be the beauty.” – St. Vincent
“There was very little manipulation. It was all done with prosthetics that were put onto our faces by artist Gabe Bartalos. It’s not Photoshop.” – David Byrne
FILTER 49’s Exclusive Cover Art
The cover art features both vertical and horizontal exclusive images of David Byrne and St. Vincent shot in New York City by Brantley Gutierrez for FILTER Magazine.
Additional highlights from FILTER 49 include exclusive articles featuring:
Grizzly Bear: More Songs About Buildings and Food
FILTER sits down with Grizzly Bear as they are set to release the highly-anticipated Shields, easily their most powerful record to-date. The ‘Good Music’ magazine takes an unexpected approach and discusses the band's artistry through the window of the types of food they like to enjoy. Even though Grizzly Bear would resist the "foodies" label, their Twitter and Instagram feeds reveal that food is surely of major importance to the foursome. In More Songs About Buildings and Food, FILTER examines what we can learn about a band through the food they eat, what we can learn from ourselves about the food we eat, and why there are no good indie rock songs written about food.
“There was a sense of excitement in thinking that we didn’t have to hide all of the little moments of imperfection, it’s OK if we have a single vocal take and you can hear the crack in the voice. It’s actually bringing the audience closer.“ – Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste on the new album, Shields
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Wild Man Blues
A band that paved the way for The White Stripes and The Black Keys, having achieved an almost elder statesmen’s role on the indie-rock circuit, had gone on what one may call a hiatus. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion returns with a new album on Mom + Pop Music, titled Meat and Bone – filled with energy, enthusiasm, and improved songwriting – speaks to FILTER as they embrace each other and the past, even the blues.
“Like I said, the band is not an easy pill to swallow. We’re a punk bank. We want to mess with people’s heads.” – Jon Spencer
Loop Dreams: Conversations with Director-Writer Rian Johnson and Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Leading up to the highly anticipated release of Rian Johnson’s latest film, Looper, FILTER sits down with the director-writer to discuss his admiration for sci-fi, the benefits to working with the same group of actors, the art of the spoiler and more.
Gordon-Levitt, who previously starred in Johnson’s revered 2005 debut film, Brick, is about to debut as the lead in Looper, and chats with FILTER about his relationship with Johnson as well as Looper’s outstanding cast.
“Besides just the pleasure of working with friends, the way it can work is to give you that support base to try things you might not otherwise have the guts to. As long as it can give you the confidence to make bigger creative leaps, instead of keeping you in that comfort zone…that’s where it’s really valuable.” – Rian Johnson on working with a recurring cast, include Joseph Gordon-Levitt
“I like to understand as precisely as I can what a filmmaker is thinking about. Rian has a very precise vision in his head. At the same time, he’s always very open to collaboration and spontaneity, and really rides that balance exceptionally well. ” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his working relationship with Rian Johnson
Flying Lotus: Into the Mystic
Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus -- the name he pulled years ago from a lucid dream – opens up to FILTER about his creative inspiration, his new album and how he is helping to lead a growing group of producers and followers to a new breed of boundless hip-hop.
“I wanted it to be a longer journey, more dynamic and less super-intense all the time.”
“I’d rather people figure out their own idea, when people hear it, I’d rather them tell me what it’s about. I don’t want to put my influence out on it like that because it takes some of the fun away.” – Flying Lotus on his new album, Until the Quiet Comes
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT: SONGS OF OURSELVES
BIG PICTURES, BAD SEEDS: THE FILMS OF JOHN HILLCOAT AND NICK CAVE
FLYING LOTUS: INTO THE MYSTIC
GRIZZLY BEAR: MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD
LOOP DREAMS: CONVERSATIONS WITH DIRECTOR-WRITER RIAN JOHNSON AND ACTOR JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
WAY OUT WEST: THE ART AND MUSIC OF LORD HURON
THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION: WILD MAN BLUES
NIKI AND THE DOVE: SPARK NOTES
PEACE, PROGRESS, LOVE, LATVIA
GETTING TO KNOW
YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW
by BAND OF HORSES
ON THE COVERS AND ABOVE:
DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT PHOTOGRAPHED IN NEW YORK CITY BY BRANTLEY GUTIERREZ