Credit: Jody RogacEx-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has unveiled official details about his forthcoming studio album, titled American Utopia, which — as a recent Internet report suggested — will be released on March 9. The 10-track collection is Byrne’s first full-fledged solo effort since 2004’s Grown Backwards.

David shared information about the album at a multimedia event he hosted on Monday at The New School in New York City as part of his ongoing Reasons to Be Cheerful series of events focusing on positive and encouraging music, writings, news stories, concepts and other happenings in the world. The songs on American Utopia were similarly inspired by various things that give Byrne incentive to feel optimistic.

Fans who pre-order the album now will receive a free download of one of its tracks, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” which also is available for purchase as a digital single. An accompanying video for the tune, which was co-written with Brian Eno, has premiered on Byrne’s official YouTube channel. The clip features an animated line drawing of David’s face singing the tune.

“These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now,” Byrne explains about the new album. “Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world — the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves — well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.”

Byrne is plotting to mount a world tour in support of American Utopia, and he already has a series of U.S. concerts lined up in early March, as well as a variety of stateside and international festival appearances.

Here’s the American Utopia track list:

“I Dance Like This”
“Gasoline and Dirty Sheets”
“Every Day Is a Miracle”
“Dog’s Mind”
“This Is That”
“It’s Not Dark up Here”
“Bullet”
“Doing the Right Thing”
“Everybody’s Coming to My House”
“Here”

And here are Byrne’s confirmed U.S. 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
4/14 — Indio, CA, Coachella 2018 – Empire Polo Club
4/21 — Indio, CA, Coachella 2018 – Empire Polo Club
5/4-6 — Atlanta, GA, Shaky Knees Festival 2018
7/27 — Camden, NJ, XPoNential Music Festival 2018 – BB&T Pavilion

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