Hotly-tipped to ignite a warm fire during these chilling winter months is the unique project between David Byrne
and Fatboy Slim
. Here Lies Love is upcoming concept album slated for release on February 23 about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her relationship with a servant from her childhood.
The album features 22 guest vocalists and will be released as a double-CD set with DVD and 100-page book. The entire compilation is set-up as a cycle of songs, with a prologue and four "acts".
Byrne says: “The story I am interested in is about asking what drives a powerful person—what makes them tick? How do they make and then remake themselves? I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if—as this piece would be principally composed of clubby dance music—one could experience it in a club setting? Could one bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theater to the disco? Was that possible? If so, wouldn’t that be amazing!”
Scene structure is as follows:
"Here Lies Love" (feat. Florence Welch)
Act I: "Flashback — Early Days"
"Every Drop of Rain" (feat. Candie Payne & St. Vincent)
"You'll Be Taken Care Of"(feat. Tori Amos)
"The Rose of Tacloban" (feat. Martha Wainwright)
"How Are You?" (feat. Nellie McKay)
"A Perfect Hand" (feat. Steve Earle)
"Eleven Days" (feat. Cyndi Lauper)
Act II: "The Climb to Power"
"Walk Like a Woman" (feat. Charmaine Clamor)
"Don't You Agree?" (feat. Róisín Murphy)
"Ladies in Blue" (feat. Theresa Andersson)
"When She Passed By" (feat. Allison Moorer)
"A Pretty Face" (feat. Camille)
"The Whole Man" (feat. Kate Pierson)
"Dancing Together" (feat. Sharon Jones)
Act III: "The Turning Point"
"Men Will Do Anything" (feat. Alice Russell)
"Never So Big" (feat. Sia)
"Please Don't" (feat. Santigold)
Act IV: "The Fall"
"Solano Avenue" (feat. Nicole Atkins)
"Seven Years" (feat. Shara Worden)
"Order 1081" (feat. Natalie Merchant)
"Why Don't You Love Me?" (feat. Cyndi Lauper & Tori Amos)
"Here Lies Love" (Reprise)
Pre-ordering info for Here Lies Love can be found here. All pre-purchases receive an immediate download of the Please Don't, which features vocals by Santigold.
mp3: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (featuring Santigold) - Please Don't