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2012 7 Jun

David Byrne – „Strange Overtones“

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„Strange Overtones“ is a song recorded by David Byrne and Brian Eno, written by the duo with Leo Abrahams. It was released on August 4, 2008 by means of free download as the lead single from Byrne’s and Eno’s second collaborative studio album „Everything That Happens Will Happen Today“ (2008). „Strange Overtones“ is an uptempo electronic gospel song, and its lyrics explore the themes of humanity overcoming technology that are central to the album. (Wikipedia)

I wake up every morning | I hear your feet on the stairs | You’re in the next apartment | I hear you singing over there | This groove is out of fashion | These beats are 20 years old | I saw you lend a hand to | The ones out standing in the cold | Strange Overtones in the music you are playing | I’ll harmonize | It is strong and you are tough | But a heart is not enough | Put on your socks and mittens | It’s getting colder tonight | A snowball in my kitchen | I watched it melt before my eyes | Your song still needs a chorus | I know you’ll figure it out | The rising of the verses | A change of key will let you out | Strange overtones though they’re slightly out of fashion | I’ll harmonize | I see the music in your face | That your words cannot explain | Strange Overtones in the music you are playing | We’re not alone | It is strong and you are tough | But a heart is not enough …

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:

    David Byrne and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler are set to appear together on stage to discuss Byrne’s new book How Music Works. The event will take place on September 22 during the POP Montreal Festival in Canada. According to Pitchfork, the conversation will take place at the Ukranian Federation, co-presented by POP Montreal’s Symposium and Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. How Music Works is to be published in September by McSweeney’s, the American publishing house founded by novelist Dave Eggers. The official description of the book says:

    „Acting as historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, he searches for patterns – and shows how those patterns have affected his own work over the years with Talking Heads and his many collaborators, from Brian Eno to Caetano Veloso … His range is panoptic, taking us from Wagnerian opera houses to African villages, from his earliest high school reel-to-reel recordings to his latest work in a home music studio (and all the big studios in between).“

    POP Montreal takes place between September 19-23. The lineup includes Grizzly Bear, The Dirty Three, Julia Holter, Gang Gang Dance, Laetitia Sadier, and more.
    (Source: UNCUT)

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