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American Utopia

David Byrne

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At 65, David Byrne gets off his bike (his ultimate passion) to release his first solo album in fourteen years. Co-written with his old accomplice Brian Eno, with whom he began working with in the Talking Heads era, American Utopia is a patchwork which only Byrne has the secret to. Crossing genres, fusing continents and breaking down stylistic boundaries, the former Rhode Island School of Design student has always had this sort of thing in his blood. After doing punk funk, salsa, electro collage, records with people as diverse as Fatboy Slim and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), film music, ballet music and about a thousand other things, here he returns to a more classic song format. 


Byrne returns to the essence of pop and his compositions are laced with electro, world or funk, often flirting with his old group's material. With his pen still sharp and quirky, David Byrne wants to believe that an America different to that of Donald Trump's is possible. Helped here and there by some "young people" like Sampha, TTY and Happa Isaiah Barr of Onyx Collective, he has released his most successful solo album for years. This is the work of contemporary pop icon that has taken the time to reflect on his career, his music and his relationship with the world in order to get himself back in the game. © Marc Zisman / Qobuz

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1
I Dance Like This
00:03:33

Joey Waronker, Snare Drums, Tom Toms Drums - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Writer, Background Vocals, Additional Programmer, Drum Programmer, Vocoder - David Byrne, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer - Thomas Bartlett, Piano, Mellotron - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Percussion - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

2
Gasoline and Dirty Sheets
00:03:19

Jamie Edwards, Sitar - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Writer - David Byrne, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer, Additional Programmer, Drum Programmer - Thomas Bartlett, Mellotron - Nathan Jenkins, Harmonica, Voices - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Jack Peñate, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Happa, Drum Programmer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jaakko Savolainen, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Isaiah Barr, Saxophone - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

3
Every Day Is a Miracle
00:04:46

Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Writer - David Byrne, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer, Synthesizer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Ben Anderson, Cymbals - Jack Peñate, Drums, Keyboards, Bass, Shaker - Jam City, Drums, Guitar, Synthesizer - Happa, Drums, Electronics - Ben Reed, Bass - Koreless, Drums - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jaakko Savolainen, Keyboards - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Magnus Bang Olsen, Piano - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

4
Dog's Mind
00:02:29

Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Writer - David Byrne, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer - Daniel Lopatin, Drums, Keyboards, Bass, Synthesizer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Arranger, Drum Programmer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

5
This Is That
00:04:31

Patrick Dillett, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - David Byrne, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Joe Williams, Harp - Alex Epton, Engineer - Daniel Lopatin, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Writer - Rodaidh McDonald, Arranger, Additional Producer, Drum Programmer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Gabriel Schuman, AdditionalEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

6
It's Not Dark Up Here
00:04:10

Mauro Refosco, Percussion - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Writer, Whistle, Brass, Sound Effects Vocals - David Byrne, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer, Drum Programmer - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Bells, Additional Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

7
Bullet
00:03:09

Mauro Refosco, Drums, Bongo Drums - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Writer - David Byrne, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer, Bass - Thomas Bartlett, Mellotron - Airhead, Drums - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Drum Programmer, Strings - Jack Peñate, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

8
Doing the Right Thing
00:03:38

Mauro Refosco, Percussion - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Drums, Keyboards, Writer - David Byrne, Producer, Guitar, Organ, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Cymbals, Engineer, Drum Programmer - Daniel Lopatin, Keyboards, Strings, Pro Tools - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Additional Programmer, Drum Programmer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Brian Wolfe, Drums - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - MMPH, Orchestra, Sounds - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

9
Everybody's Coming to My House
00:03:29

Mauro Refosco, Percussion - Patrick Dillett, Producer, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - Brian Eno, Percussion, Writer, Rhythm Guitar - David Byrne, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer, Shaker - Daniel Lopatin, Pro Tools - Thomas Bartlett, Mellotron - Rodaidh McDonald, Producer, Additional Keyboards, Drum Programmer - Happa, Drum Programmer, Synthesizer - Sampha, Piano - Ben Reed, Bass - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - TTY, Synthesizer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Isaiah Barr, Saxophone - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

10
Here
00:04:13

Patrick Dillett, Engineer - Greg Calbi, Masterer - David Wrench, Mixer, Additional Programmer - David Byrne, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Alex Epton, Engineer - Daniel Lopatin, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Writer - Rodaidh McDonald, Arranger, Additional Producer - Marta salogni, MixingEngineer - Jack Sugden, MixingEngineer - Tuck Nelson, MixingEngineer

© 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States. ℗ 2018 Todomundo Ltd., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the United States.

Album Description

At 65, David Byrne gets off his bike (his ultimate passion) to release his first solo album in fourteen years. Co-written with his old accomplice Brian Eno, with whom he began working with in the Talking Heads era, American Utopia is a patchwork which only Byrne has the secret to. Crossing genres, fusing continents and breaking down stylistic boundaries, the former Rhode Island School of Design student has always had this sort of thing in his blood. After doing punk funk, salsa, electro collage, records with people as diverse as Fatboy Slim and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), film music, ballet music and about a thousand other things, here he returns to a more classic song format. 


Byrne returns to the essence of pop and his compositions are laced with electro, world or funk, often flirting with his old group's material. With his pen still sharp and quirky, David Byrne wants to believe that an America different to that of Donald Trump's is possible. Helped here and there by some "young people" like Sampha, TTY and Happa Isaiah Barr of Onyx Collective, he has released his most successful solo album for years. This is the work of contemporary pop icon that has taken the time to reflect on his career, his music and his relationship with the world in order to get himself back in the game. © Marc Zisman / Qobuz

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