Few artists posses me ability to fuse disparate musical styles in original ways and still end up with an enjoyable result. The latest project from David Byrne and big-beat pioneer Fatboy Slim does just that, and then some. The project features incredibly diverse guest vocalists - from established pop queens (Cyndi Lauper) to indie darlings (Santigold, St. Vincent), but manages to maintain a cohesive sound distinctive of either artist's past work.
It goes even farther though, kind of an experiment in cross-genre story-telling, pulling elements from breakbeat, disco, pop, all while telling the bizarre (yet fascinating) life story of Imelda Marcos - the former first lady of the Philippines, known for her extravagant spending during her husband's twenty-year dictatorship and the 3000+ pairs of shoes found in the royal palace when they fled, in 1986, from a populist revolution.
The album gets released April 6, but if you hit up David Byrne's website, you can stream previews of the entire album and download a free copy of the track "Please Don't," featuring Santigold. I highly recommend listening to it beginning-to-end as a first run through - this is one of the rare cases where the album format really does lend itself to the flow of the album.