Byrne and Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fatboy Slim) has teamed up on a musical collaboration called Here Lies Love about the life of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos and looks at the relationship between Imelda and a servant from her childhood, Estrella Cumpas.
On his website, Byrne explains the concept, ” 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!”
Byrne debuted the video to “Please Don’t,” featuring Santogold on vocals (above) yesterday. Roisin Murphy, Sharon Jones, Alice Russell, Sia, St. Vincent, and Tori Amos are among the other vocalists on this 22-track album.
The project, available as a 2CD set and a deluxe edition is due on April 6 on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records. The special edition is to include album includes two CDs of music, a DVD with six videos, and a 100-page hardcover book detailing the project and a DVD.