Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi // Rome

By: aspyhole

Jan 15 2011

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Category: Music, New Releases

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Among the various albums I am greatly looking forward to this year is the promisingly-beautiful project Rome, put together over a period of almost 6 years by a Mr Brian Burton, Daniele Luppi and several collaborators.

In honour of one of their shared passions, classic Italian film music, Danger Mouse, undoubtedly one of the most talented producers out there right now, and Luppi, an acclaimed film-score composer assembled a group of legendary (and now septagenarian) musicians who had performed some of the original soundtracks for films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Rome was built from the underground up: Recording in studios set up by Ennio Morricone himself in a Roman cattacombe, the triumvirate (DM, DL & friends) used the same techniques used for those soundtracks, recording straight to tape-reels, apparently without a computer in sight or wi-fi signal in range.

So far, so exciting, but the news that Jack White and Norah Jones feature as lead-vocalists on the 6 main songs of the project led to potential worry for me; while they both have great voices, they shatter the prospect of an instrumental epic. In any case, if Rome is even nearly as good as any of Danger Mouse’s past projects, it should be rather stunning.

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