L'album européen de la semaine, c'est "MILANO" de DANIELE LUPPI (ITALIE). Gagnez cet album en écrivant à musique(at)euradionantes.eu



Daniele Luppi is a perpetually innovative pop musician and movie/television soundtrack composer, an artist twice nominated for Emmys and a featured musical collaborator with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Gnarls Barkley and John Legend (amongst others.)

His last studio album was the celebrated, five-years-in-the-making Rome, a star-studded love letter to classic Italian film scores. Collaborating with the quirky Danger Mouse, the project featured vocal contributions from artists as diverse as Jack White (of The White Stripes) and the fiery Norah Jones. Some of the most renowned session musicians from Italian film’s golden era supplied the solid base, an aural tapestry evoking the magic of a bygone time. Rome rose to #5 on both the Top Alternative and Top Rock US album charts. The album’s song “Black” was featured in the final episode of Breaking Bad’s fourth season.

Daniele longed to do a similar tribute to his beloved Milan, a city where he spent a large chunk of his teenage years. From his young eyes, he took it all in – the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the elites and the downtrodden. He experienced the pop culture schizophrenia of the upscale clubs and their yuppie habitués, cokehead hedonists with unlimited disposable income, and the other lower middle class punk and disco bars, awash with disillusion, uncompromising talent and frustrated brilliance, a prodigious underworld where the drug of choice was heroin, a substance to kill the pain of hitting a glass ceiling both culturally and socially.

Daniele searched for a musical key to make his conception click. A brainstorm convinced him the dissonant sounds of 1980s New York City created a mirror image for his wistful and often angry tales of Milanese youth, their struggle with an attraction to the unattainable aesthetic beauty of the city, embodied most in high fashion and high-priced ‘commodity’ art. You will hear unmistakable echoes from New York’s No Wave, an atonal, jazzy substrata of punk relegated to the early-80s Big Apple (which spotlighted such startling acts as Suicide, Lydia Lunch’s Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and Airto Lindsay.)

This time out with MILANO, Daniele teamed up with group Parquet Courts (led by singer Andrew Savage) and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s vocalist, Karen O, to help deliver his vibrant, poignant vision of an emerging youth culture struggling to be heard amidst the rapid gentrification of old Milan.

Daniele explains, “MILANO is a concept album. The songs are fictionalized stories about misfits, fashionistas, outcasts and junkies in mid-1980s Milan. ‘The city that is reborn every morning, that beats like a heart: positive, optimistic and efficient, Milan is to live, dream and enjoy…’ as described in an iconic TV ad of the time. But 1980s Milan had a dark underbelly – as the city became one of the world’s centers of business and fashion, there was a climate of social, political and financial chaos right below the surface. The aesthetic of MILANO draws from the visual arts: from the early-80s Milanese design collective, the Memphis Group (which specialized in wild, never-seen-before furniture in geometric shapes and primary colors) to the photo-reportage work of Charles Traub, who shot Polaroids in the streets of Italy in the mid-80s.”

MILANO est né de l’imagination du producteur et compositeur, Daniele Luppi. Conçu comme son dernier album (Rome avec Danger Mouse, Jack White et Norah Jones), MILANO est un album collaboratif réalisé avec la participation de Parquet Courts et Karen O.

MILANO est un album concept. Les chansons sont essentiellement une collection d’histoires fictives à propos de personnages marginaux, fondus de mode, junkies et exclus de la société vivant en Italie, à Milan au milieu des années 80.

« La ville qui renait chaque matin, qui bat comme un cœur vivant ; positive, optimiste et productive, Milan est la ville idéale pour vivre, rêver et profiter… » Extrait d’une publicité TV emblématique de l’époque.

Néanmoins, le Milan des années 80 renferme aussi des cotés sombres. En effet, au fur et à mesure que celle-ci est devenue une référence en tant que métropole internationale pour les affaires et la mode, l’instabilité politique, sociale et économique a aussi grandie.

L’esthétique de MILANO s’inspire des arts visuels : du travail de Memphis Group, collectif de design milanais du début des années 80 au reportage photo de Charles Traub, qui arpentait les rues de Milan avec son polaroid au milieu des années 80 (photos ci-dessous).

MILANO est une fantaisie musicale qui recrée le son de l’époque grâce à la sensibilité contemporaine de Daniele Luppi. Sortie prévue le 27 octobre 2017.

Daniele Luppi est un artiste pop en constante innovation ainsi qu’un compositeur de bandes originales pour la télévision et les films. Il a été deux fois nominés aux Emmys et a collaboré avec de nombreux musiciens tel que The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Gahan de Depeche Mode, Gnarls Barkley et John Legend.





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