Byrne 'Eyeballs' New Album

Former Talking Heads leader David Byrne will release his latest solo album, "Look Into The Eyeball," on May 8. The 12-song set will be Byrne's first for Virgin Records after 24 years with Warner Bros.

Former Talking Heads leader David Byrne will release his latest solo album, "Look Into The Eyeball," on May 8. The 12-song set will be Byrne's first for Virgin Records after 24 years with Warner Bros., where he and his former band recorded for the label's Sire imprint. It's also his first Virgin-affiliated set with Luaka Bop, the eclectic independent label he founded in 1998.

"Look Into The Eyeball" includes Byrne's first song written in Spanish, "Desconocido Soy," which also features vocals by Nru, lead singer of Cafe Tacuba. Other contributors to the set include Gamble-Huff writer/arranger Thom Bell on the Philly-soul inspired "Neighborhood," and Tom Waits' associate Greg Cohen, who arranged a track titled "The Accident."

"I had been wondering if there might be a way to include the warm, lyrical, beautiful, emotional sounds and associations of strings and orchestral parts with groove music and beats for the body," Byrne says of the introspective album, his first since 1997's "Feelings." "I want to move people to dance and cry at the same time."

Byrne will preview material from the set tomorrow (March 17) at the annual South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. A 20-city tour in support of the album is planned following its release.

Under Virgin, Luaka Bop has already released singer/songwriter Jim White's "No Such Place," and reissued Shuggie Otis' 1974 album "Inspiration Information."