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Emmy nominated Italian composer, producer and artist, Daniele Luppi, will release his album MILANO on Danger Mouse’s Columbia Records imprint 30th Century Records on October 27th. 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 & Parquet Courts “Soul and Cigarette” released today. The jaunty, springy tune 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”.
The video, which premiered on Pitchfork, is directed by Daniele, and based on artwork created by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, featuring photos from the archive of artist Peter Shire. Shire is one of the artists from the original Memphis Group art collective, whose bold works and sculptural furniture are the major visual influence for MILANO.
Regarding the video, Daniele Luppi notes, “Every picture featured in the video has a deep meaning to me. Peter took photos of the most iconic and visual striking things happening in Milan in the 1980s and seeing these images again evoked a myriad of emotions, I couldn’t believe he photographed the same places and things I experienced as a teen in the