As we’ve written here in the past, the duet is an inexact science — some of the collaborations that you’d think should have been roaring successes proved to be disastrous, and vice versa. We’re still on the fence as to which group the new St. Vincent/David Byrne collaboration Love This Giant, which is out today, falls into — but either way, the fact that two of our favorite artists have made a whole record together got us thinking about other dream duets we’d love to see. We’ve started the discussion with a bunch of suggestions. Who would you like to see in the studio together?
Michael Gira and PJ Harvey
Karen O does a surprisingly good job of handling guest vocals on “Song for a Warrior” from the majestic new Swans album The Seer, but still, if there’s any female vocalist who isn’t Jarboe that we’d like to see on the same track as Michael Gira, it’s Polly Jean Harvey. She did a fine job of playing Nick Cave’s paramour/murderess in poisonous love song “Henry Lee,” and given that there’s definite common ground between Cave and Gira, we reckon that a Harvey/Gira duet would be a similar triumph. (Nothing will ever be as good as Gira and Xiu Xiu doing “Under Pressure,” though.)