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    David Byrne's Nonesuch Debut Album, "Grown Backwards," Now Available on Vinyl with Six Bonus Tracks

    David Byrne's Nonesuch Records debut album, Grown Backwards, first released on March 16, 2004, makes its vinyl debut today, one day before the album's fifteenth anniversary. The vinyl edition comprises the original album plus six additional tracks, including a duet with Caetano Veloso on their song "Dreamworld." The double LP was mastered for vinyl by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound and pressed on 140g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and comes in a metallic sleeve. The vinyl is available now at your local record store and in the Nonesuch Store. The deluxe digital edition of the album, with the six bonus tracks, is also available to download on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, and can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.

    "It fits alongside the best of his career and adds another solid release to a solo catalog which will hopefully become more cherished in time," said Pitchfork in its review in 2004. "In 20 years, as we straighten our faces with botulism, braces, and stem cells, the album will stand up."

    Mojo gave Grown Backwards four stars, finding that "some of Byrne's most deliciously quirky lyrics ensure an event-packed listen." The Guardian called the album "one of Byrne's most rewarding experiments yet. These are wonderful exercises in songcraft." Uncut named it among the Albums of the Year.

    David Byrne took a different approach to writing Grown Backwards—perhaps the most personal and emotionally expressive album of his storied career—than he had previously used. He worked from the "top down," humming melodies into a micro-cassette recorder and later unscrambling them to create songs—a significant change from his usual practice of starting with improvised textures and grooves and later adding tunes. The result is a richly melodic set of songs that feature strings, rhythm section, and guitar. In addition to the eleven songs by Byrne, the original album includes two opera arias ("Un di Felice" from Verdi's La traviata, and "Au Fond Du Temple Saint" from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, which features a duet with Rufus Wainwright); Byrne's cover of the Lambchop song "The Man Who Loved Beer;" and the bonus track "Lazy," Byrne and X-Press 2's 2002 hit song re-arranged by Stephen Barber based on arrangements by Dan Foster, Steven Hussey, and Anu Pillai for Freeform Five.

    In describing some of the additional tracks, Byrne says: "'Ausencia' is my version of an arrangement of this beautiful Cape Verdean song that was originally done by the Bosnian composer Goran Bregović for Cesária Évora. The title means 'absence,' and the lyrics are in Portuguese and Creole." And in the song "Show and Tell," he explains: "Cherry Hill is across the river from Philadelphia … a very funky part of town."

    "'Dreamworld' was a collaboration with Caetano Veloso for a compilation album, Red Hot + Lisbon, created by Red Hot Organization, a not-for-profit dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS," he continues. "I began writing with a club girl in mind, like those I would have seen out and about in New York, and Caetano mirrored that with lyrics that referred to Carmen Miranda, the great singer and performer—later caricatured in Hollywood—who was actually Portuguese. Marco de Canaveses, referenced in the song, was the town she was born in."

    Arranged by Stephen Barber, Grown Backwards was produced by David Byrne and Patrick Dillett and features longtime collaborator Mauro Refosco on percussion and mallet instruments, Paul Frazier (Chic, Imani Coppola) on bass, and the Tosca Strings from Austin, Texas. Additionally, Carla Bley's jazz band plays on the song "Empire."

    David Byrne's latest album, American Utopia, was released on Nonesuch and Todomundo Records in 2018 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album; a follow-up EP, "…The Best Live Show of All Time" —NME, was released in December and contains six live tracks from the acclaimed American Utopia tour.

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David Byrne's Nonesuch Debut Album, "Grown Backwards," Now Available on Vinyl with Six Bonus Tracks

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David Byrne's Nonesuch Records debut album, Grown Backwards, first released on March 16, 2004, makes its vinyl debut today, one day before the album's 15th anniversary. The double-vinyl edition is the original album plus six additional tracks, including a duet with Caetano Veloso on their song "Dreamworld." The bonus tracks are also available digitally in a deluxe edition of the album. It's "one of Byrne's most rewarding experiments yet," said the Guardian. "It fits alongside the best of his career," says Pitchfork.

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David Byrne's Nonesuch Records debut album, Grown Backwards, first released on March 16, 2004, makes its vinyl debut today, one day before the album's fifteenth anniversary. The vinyl edition comprises the original album plus six additional tracks, including a duet with Caetano Veloso on their song "Dreamworld." The double LP was mastered for vinyl by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound and pressed on 140g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands and comes in a metallic sleeve. The vinyl is available now at your local record store and in the Nonesuch Store. The deluxe digital edition of the album, with the six bonus tracks, is also available to download on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, and can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music.

"It fits alongside the best of his career and adds another solid release to a solo catalog which will hopefully become more cherished in time," said Pitchfork in its review in 2004. "In 20 years, as we straighten our faces with botulism, braces, and stem cells, the album will stand up."

Mojo gave Grown Backwards four stars, finding that "some of Byrne's most deliciously quirky lyrics ensure an event-packed listen." The Guardian called the album "one of Byrne's most rewarding experiments yet. These are wonderful exercises in songcraft." Uncut named it among the Albums of the Year.

David Byrne took a different approach to writing Grown Backwards—perhaps the most personal and emotionally expressive album of his storied career—than he had previously used. He worked from the "top down," humming melodies into a micro-cassette recorder and later unscrambling them to create songs—a significant change from his usual practice of starting with improvised textures and grooves and later adding tunes. The result is a richly melodic set of songs that feature strings, rhythm section, and guitar. In addition to the eleven songs by Byrne, the original album includes two opera arias ("Un di Felice" from Verdi's La traviata, and "Au Fond Du Temple Saint" from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, which features a duet with Rufus Wainwright); Byrne's cover of the Lambchop song "The Man Who Loved Beer;" and the bonus track "Lazy," Byrne and X-Press 2's 2002 hit song re-arranged by Stephen Barber based on arrangements by Dan Foster, Steven Hussey, and Anu Pillai for Freeform Five.

In describing some of the additional tracks, Byrne says: "'Ausencia' is my version of an arrangement of this beautiful Cape Verdean song that was originally done by the Bosnian composer Goran Bregović for Cesária Évora. The title means 'absence,' and the lyrics are in Portuguese and Creole." And in the song "Show and Tell," he explains: "Cherry Hill is across the river from Philadelphia … a very funky part of town."

"'Dreamworld' was a collaboration with Caetano Veloso for a compilation album, Red Hot + Lisbon, created by Red Hot Organization, a not-for-profit dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS," he continues. "I began writing with a club girl in mind, like those I would have seen out and about in New York, and Caetano mirrored that with lyrics that referred to Carmen Miranda, the great singer and performer—later caricatured in Hollywood—who was actually Portuguese. Marco de Canaveses, referenced in the song, was the town she was born in."

Arranged by Stephen Barber, Grown Backwards was produced by David Byrne and Patrick Dillett and features longtime collaborator Mauro Refosco on percussion and mallet instruments, Paul Frazier (Chic, Imani Coppola) on bass, and the Tosca Strings from Austin, Texas. Additionally, Carla Bley's jazz band plays on the song "Empire."

David Byrne's latest album, American Utopia, was released on Nonesuch and Todomundo Records in 2018 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album; a follow-up EP, "…The Best Live Show of All Time" —NME, was released in December and contains six live tracks from the acclaimed American Utopia tour.

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