Italian artist and producer, Daniele Luppi, premiered “Talisa” featuring Karen O on Zane Lowe’s radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 today. The track is the second offering from Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts forthcoming concept album MILANO. “Talisa” featuring Karen O is now available at all digital streaming and sales platforms.
“Talisa” featuring Karen O is a love letter to Talisa Soto, the model and actress who was a dear friend and muse of revered designer Gianni Versace. Celebrated for her model-esque figure and striking beauty, Talisa appeared in numerous Versace ad campaigns at the height of the brand’s fabled existence. Talisa’s comely face was regularly plastered on billboards across Milan and she was a steady presence on the catwalks during Milan Fashion Week.
Says Daniele, “For Talisa’s lyrics, Karen and I dreamed up a fantasy photoshoot, a la Antonioni’s Blow Up. We imagined a scenario where Talisa is on set in a fantastical couture creation and Gianni himself is the photographer. We wanted to capture the excitement, vibrancy and fast lane life of Milano in the 80s, draped in fashion and models, as cliché as that may seem.”
MILANO will be released on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records on October 27th. A concept album, MILANO is comprised of 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 album pre-order is available now: http://smarturl.it/MILANOalbum
Prior to “Talisa” featuring Karen O, Daniele & Parquet Courts released the song “Soul and Cigarette”. The jaunty, springy tune belies its more sinister, saddened backstory of artistic struggle. 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.
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.