St Vincent: 'Mine and David Byrne's album doesn't have a name yet'

Annie Clark tells NME she was 'horrified' to find her single 'Krokodil' shared its name with 'synthetic narco-terrorist heroin'

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Annie Clark, otherwise know as St Vincent, has spoken to NME about her forthcoming collaborative album with former Talking Heads' singer David Byrne.

She told NME that the pair wrote 13 songs together, but they still haven't decided on how many will be included on the final album. She also said that the record does not yet have a title.

When asked if she was starstruck when she first met Byrne, Clark responded: 'Obviously!' adding that the two bonded over a love of 'outsider art'. The collaboration came about when Clark and Byrne met each other in May 2009 at a Bjork/Dirty Projectors charity show and were approached about working on a similar project.

After agreeing to the idea, the pair reconvened in a New York studio to begin working on the album. As they began writing material, it quickly became apparent that there was a creative chemistry between them both. Clark plans to release the new material in the autumn, before heading out on a tour to support the album with David Byrne.

Singer and guitarist Clark also spoke to NME about her recent single, 'Krokodil', which shares a name with a synthetic heroin style drug. "I Googled 'krokodil' after I'd written the song and was horrified," said Clark. "I didn't write it in reference to the synthetic narco-terrorist heroin ravaging Russia."

She added that she gave the song that name – which is Russian for crocodile – because "I knew my Lithuanian bandmate would appreciate it." She added: "One look at me and people could see I have no first-hand knowledge of the drug. Nor am I interested in glamourising something so destructive. Weak-stomached fans be warned! Googling 'krokodil' is not for the faint of heart!"

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