Danger Mouse + Daniele Luppi = ROME

Have you ever watched a badass spaghetti western such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and noticed the unique and phenomenal musical scores that are in some of these movies?  Well, Italian composer Daniele Luppi and producer/musician extraordinaire Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells) are both major fans of these western films, and perhaps even bigger fans of their scores.  Thus, they have decided to collaborate and create what they are calling Rome: an aural salute to the music in spaghetti western films of the mid-20th century.

If this doesn’t really pique your curiosity, then I should also inform you that Luppi and Mouse hired on Jack White (White Stripes, Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) and Norah Jones to do vocals on the album.  So, what does this mean?  It’s pretty clear. You get the magic of Luppi’s composing with the golden production quality that can be found in anything that Danger Mouse touches, and then throw in two huge names in the international music business and you have winning formula.

Here is a 5-minute video describing how the whole idea came about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHDrWfndze0

The album will be released May 16th of this year and you can already sample and purchase two tracks for $1.29 each on iTunes.  The first track Two Against One, features Jack White on vocals and is quite splendid, in my humble opinion.  The second track is called Black and features Norah Jones.  I’ve only heard the 30-second sample clip of this one on iTunes, but from what I hear, it is equally as splendid!

But don’t take it from me, watch the trailer on YouTube and sample/purchase the songs on iTunes and see for yourself.

Happy Monday, everyone.


~ by DR on April 18, 2011.

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