By: Staff –
David Byrne has announced that his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia, will be released on March 9th via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, accompanied by a world tour that will bring a choreographed concert that Byrne has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”
Check out the full list of tour dates below, with extensive additional dates to be announced soon. The album track “Everybody’s Coming To My House”— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others—also was released and the visual companion piece can be seen here. The song is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopia on iTunes and at nonesuch.com. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.
American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation—something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us. A “Reasons To Be Cheerful” hub, where Byrne shares these items, can be accessed here.
Speaking about the album, Byrne said: Is this meant ironically? Is it a joke? Do I mean this seriously? In what way? Am I referring to the past or the future? Is it personal or political?
These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.
This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses. Sometimes to describe is to reveal, to see other possibilities. To ask a question is to begin the process of looking for an answer. To be descriptive is also to be prescriptive, in a way. The act of asking is a big step. The songs are sincere—the title is not ironic. The title refers not to a specific utopia, but rather to our longing, frustration, aspirations, fears, and hopes regarding what could be possible, what else is possible. The description, the discontent and the desire—I have a feeling that is what these songs touch on.
I have no prescriptions or surefire answers, but I sense that I am not the only one looking and asking, wondering and still holding onto some tiny bit of hope, unwilling to succumb entirely to despair or cynicism.
It’s not easy, but music helps. Music is a kind of model—it often tells us or points us toward how we can be.
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American Utopia Track-List
1. I Dance Like This
2. Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
3. Every Day Is A Miracle
4. Dog’s Mind
5. This Is That
6. It’s Not Dark Up Here
8. Doing The Right Thing
9. Everybody’s Coming To My House
David Byrne 2018 Tour Dates
3/3/2018 -Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4/2018 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6/2018 – Buffalo, NY – Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7/2018 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9/2018 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10/2018 – Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16/2018 – Santiago, CHI – Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18/2018 – Buenos Aires, ARG – Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/24/2018 – Sao Paulo, BRA – Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/7/2018 – Guadalajara, MEX – Sonico Festival
4/14/2018 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/21/2018 – Indio, CA – Coachella
5/4 – 5/6/2018 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees
6/22-23/2018 – Prague, Czech Republic – Metronome Festival
6/25/2018 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
6/30 – 7/1/2018 – Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
6/30 – 7/7/2018 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
7/5/2018 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
7/11/2018 – Oeiras, Portugal – Cool Jazz Festival
7/13/2018 – Bilbao, Spain – Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14/2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla Barcelona
7/19/2018 – Ravenna, Italy – Ravenna Festival
7/20/2018 – Perugia, Italy – Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21/2018 – Trieste, Italy – Piazza UNita
7/27/2018 – Camden ,NJ – XPoNential Music Festival