Italian artist and producer, Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts’ have teamed up for collaborative album, MILANO, out October 27th on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. The LP is inspired by mid-1980s Milan, with songs about misfits, fashionistas, outsiders and artists of the city, set against the backdrop of culture and creativity struggling to survive amidst rapid gentrification. The album pre-order is available now: http://smarturl.it/MILANOalbum
Ahead of MILANO‘s release comes the Diego Araujo-directed video for “Talisa”, the track featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O. The upbeat, fashionable video is a homage to the memorable photoshoot scene in retro British-Italian film, Blow Up, whilst the song itself – written by Luppi and Karen O – is a love letter to Talisa Soto, a celebrated model, actress and close friend and muse of Gianni Versace.
Luppi says of the video: “After my initial input and references, mostly the amazing Antonioni’s Blow Up, I let Diego do his thing, the only caveat being I wanted to feel like we were in 1980s Milan. Something seemingly quite out of reach since he was shooting in Quito, Ecuador, but he pulled it off: he found an Alfa Romeo collector, he created a Milanese subway sign and he stole the 25 year-old Betacams from the University of Cinema for the weekend shoot… Hopefully nobody will ever find out…”
Karen O adds: “When Daniele brought up the indulgent Milan, 80’s fashion scene as an inspiration I immediately started scrolling through all the supermodels from back then and Talisa Soto stuck out as the best sounding name, I’ve always wanted to write a song with a woman’s name as the chorus and “Talisa” had that hook about it.”
MILANO can easily be seen as the final volume of Luppi’s Italian album trilogy, sealing an expansive love letter to his homeland’s famed arts and culture. Whereas his last two records, Italian Story and Rome, pay homage to iconic grooves by The Marc 4 and soaring Spaghetti Western Era film scores, Luppi’s newest effort examines the gritty 1980’s New York Punk scene and its influence on Milanese music, fashion, and high-art.