David Byrne Announces New American Utopia Album Featuring Oneohtrix Point Never, Brian Eno, and Sampha

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David Byrne confirmed his first solo album since 2004 today, and let’s just say it was worth the wait. Due out March 9th through Nonesuch and Byrne’s own Todomundo imprint, American Utopia features such esteemed collaborators as Brian Eno, producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Savages), Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City, Doveman, Jack Peñate, and Sampha. And true to its title, the effort is an expression of the good things out there in the world. Or as Byrne put it in a New School presentation this week, we still have Reasons to Be Cheerful.

Check out a complete statement below, along with the album’s spry lead single and tour dates for “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.” In case you forgot how mind-numbingly awesome that trek was, we’ve dropped Jonathan Demme’s iconic Talking Heads doc into the mix as well….

David Byrne | American Utopia album cover

David Byrne
American Utopia
(Todomundo / Nonesuch, March 9th)

1. I Dance Like This
2. Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
3. Every Day Is A Miracle
4. Dog’s Mind
5. This Is That
6. It’s Not Dark Up Here
7. Bullet”
8. Doing The Right Thing
9. Everybody’s Coming To My House
10. Here

David Byrne tour dates
3/3 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
3/4 Wilkes-Barre, PA – F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
3/6 Buffalo, NY – Center For The Arts
3/7 Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
3/9 Waterbury, CT – Palace Theater
3/10 Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/16 Santiago, CHI – Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18 Buenos Aires, ARG – Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/24 Sao Paulo, BRA – Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/07 Guadalajara, MEX – Sonico Festival
4/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
6/22-23 Prague, Czech Republic – Metronome Festival
6/25 Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival
6/30-7/1 Ewijk, Netherlands – Down The Rabbit Hole
6/30-7/7 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
7/5 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
7/11 Oeiras, Portugal – Cool Jazz Festival
7/13 Bilbao, Spain – Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14 Barcelona, Spain – Cruilla Barcelona
7/19 Ravenna, Italy – Ravenna Festival
7/20 Perugia, Italy – Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 Trieste, Italy – Piazza UNita
7/27 Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival

David Byrne liner notes