David Byrne has followed the move of his label Luaka Bop from Warner Bros. to Virgin.
Byrne will make his Virgin debut on May 8 with the release of “Look Into the Eyeball,” his first album since 1997’s “Feelings.” Byrne and his former band, Talking Heads, recorded for Warner Bros. labels for 24 years.
On the new album Byrne collaborated with legendary Philly soul writer-arranger Thom Bell and Cafe Tacuba’s lead singer Nru. Byrne will tour the U.S. following the album’s release and is expected to visit more than 20 cities.
Luaka Bop was launched in 1988 and introduced to U.S. audiences a host of musical styles from around the globe, the emphasis being on South America and artists such as Os Mutantes, Susana Baca, Waldemar Bastos and recent Grammy nominee Los Amigos Invisibles.
The imprint’s initial releases via the new Virgin relationship are Jim White’s “No Such Place” and a reissue of Shuggie Otis’ 1974 album “Inspiration Information.”