Emmy nominated Italian composer, producer and artist, Daniele Luppi, will release his album MILANO on Danger Mouse’s Columbia Records imprint 30th Century Records on October 27th. MILANO is a concept album, complete with songs that are fictionalized stories about misfits, fashionistas, outcasts and junkies in mid-1980s Milan. Daniele teamed up with Parquet Courts and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s vocalist, Karen O, to help deliver his vision of an emerging youth culture struggling to be heard amidst the rapid gentrification of old Milan.
The first offering from MILANO is Daniele & Parquet Courts “Soul and Cigarette” released today. The jaunty, springy tune belies its more sinister, saddened backstory of artistic struggle.
Says Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, “‘Soul and Cigarette‘ is a tribute to Alda Merini, one of Milan and Italy’s most renowned poets, yet unfortunately not as heralded internationally. I was reading her and trying to imagine Milan as she saw and experienced it. Her story is one of great suffering and her verse is often quite painful, an important juxtaposition from the cosmopolitan Milan we associate with luxury and excess”.
The video, which premiered on Pitchfork, is directed by Daniele, and based on artwork created by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, featuring photos from the archive of artist Peter Shire. Shire is one of the artists from the original Memphis Group art collective, whose bold works and sculptural furniture are the major visual influence for MILANO.
Regarding the video, Daniele Luppi notes, “Every picture featured in the video has a deep meaning to me. Peter took photos of the most iconic and visual striking things happening in Milan in the 1980s and seeing these images again evoked a myriad of emotions, I couldn’t believe he photographed the same places and things I experienced as a teen in the city.”
MILANO is the unofficial follow up to Luppi and Danger Mouse’s 2011 album Rome, a love letter to classic Italian film scores, with Jack White and Norah Jones. More details on MILANO including track list and pre-order, will be announced in the coming weeks; fans should watch MILANOALBUM.COM for more information.
About 30th Century Records
Since launching in December 2015 with the release of 30th Century Records Compilation, Volume I, Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records, the imprint in collaboration with Columbia Records, has already built an impressive roster, releasing albums by Autolux, Sam Cohen, Maybird, Dams of The West (featuring Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson), and the album Last Place by Grandaddy. The most recent project for the Label and Danger Mouse was the ambitious accompanying soundtrack for the acclaimed Amazon Original Series “The Man InThe High Castle,” Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Albumwhich features everyone from Beck, Michael Kiwanuka, The Shins, Sharon Van Etten, + more, all covering songs from the early 1960s.
Aside from his work as a label owner, Danger Mouse has established himself as a producer, artist, composer and songwriter. Through the years, his work has been heavily praised and recognized by the music world. Among his 21 GRAMMY nominations that span nine years, Danger Mouse has won six awards including Producer of the Year in 2011. In 2014, he won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for his writing and production work with U2 on their song “Ordinary Love.”
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