Here lies the first listen from Here Lies Love, the weirdo concept album about Imelda Marcos, the shoe-obsessed widow of the Philippines’ former dictator. It comes courtesy of everyone’s favorite dignified oddball/indie rock renaissance man David Byrne, in collaboration with Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim. The two teamed up on Cook’s last collab-heavy project the BPA, and in that vein have corralled a different vocalist for each track. “Please Don’t” is the set’s first MP3, humid funk formed from clavinets, synth, whistles, and percussion, fronted by Santigold, indulging Imelda’s neuroses and namedropping Kissinger, Reagan, and Nixon. Says David: “I think Santi did a perfect version of this song, which describes, pretty much in her own words, Imelda Marcos’ adventures in what she called ‘handbag diplomacy.’” It’s Evita for the Talking Heads set.
- David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – “Please Don’t” (Feat. Santigold)Download
Here Lies Love is out 2/23 via Todomundo/Nonesuch. Other contributors include Tori Amos, Róisín Murphy, Alice Russell, and Sharon Jones. David’s set up a pre-order page listing its various formats, including a deluxe package with a 100-page hardcover book of photos and essays and a DVD offering “6 videos featuring songs from the album cut to archival and historical footage from the Phillippines.” A slideshow overview of the project can be viewed here.