Italian artist and producer Daniele Luppi and Parquet Courts have teamed up for a collaborative album, MILANO, due out October 27th on Danger Mouse’s label 30th Century Records. The album is inspired by mid-1980s Milan, and features tracks “about misfits, fashionistas, outsiders and artists of the city, set against the backdrop of culture and creativity struggling to survive amidst rapid gentrification.”
The video for “Talisa” was directed by Diego Araujo, and features a photoshoot homage to the 1968 Michelangelo Antonioni classic Blow Up. Luppi enlisted Karen O. to co-write lyrics for the track. The song itself is a love letter to Talisa Soto, a model, actress and close friend of Gianni Versace.
When asked about his influences for the video, Daniele Luppi said, “After my initial input and references, mostly the amazing Antonioni’s Blow Up, I let Diego do his thing, the only caveat being I wanted to feel like we were in 1980s Milan. Something seemingly quite out of reach since he was shooting in Quito, Ecuador, but he pulled it off: he found an Alfa Romeo collector, he created a Milanese subway sign and he stole the 25 year-old Betacams from the University of Cinema for the weekend shoot… Hopefully nobody will ever find out…”
Karen O. also talked about her collaboration on the song, “When Daniele brought up the indulgent Milan, 80’s fashion scene as an inspiration I immediately started scrolling through all the supermodels from back then and Talisa Soto stuck out as the best sounding name, I’ve always wanted to write a song with a woman’s name as the chorus and “Talisa” had that hook about it.”
MILANO can be considered the final part of Luppi’s Italian Trilogy, consisting of Rome (w/Danger Mouse) whose sound was influenced by Spaghetti westerns and Italian Story whose grooves are an homage to The Marc 4. MILANO is much more grounded in New York’s punk scene and the gritty influence it had on Milanese art, fashion and music.
Watch the “Talisa” video below: