Emmy nominated Italian composer, producer and artist, Daniele Luppi issues his new album, Milano on Danger Mouse's Columbia Records imprint 30th Century. 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 Luppi & Parquet Courts' "Soul and Cigarette," a jaunty, springy tune that 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."
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