Spin This: May 17
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi–Rome: When most non-Texans think of Texas, their minds turn to desert landscapes filled with bone-dry valleys and stunning canyons. Blame it on movie Westerns, and specifically the so-called “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960s and 1970s. Often set in Texas, the films were largely filmed in Italy and Spain to save on production costs.
You can count the producer Danger Mouse a fan of these highly-stylized films, and over the past five years, he’s worked with the composer Daniele Luppi to recreate the feel of a classic spaghetti western soundtrack. But Rome is no mere copycat. Luppi helped track down many of the original musicians who provided their skill on such classic soundtracks as The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West.
The result is a collection of cinematic songs without a film, but that’s hardly detrimental. The music is expansive and dark on its own, featuring Danger Mouse’s deft producer’s ear, Luppi’s gorgeous string sections, and guest vocal turns from Jack White. And Texas gets a further nod with a trio of songs sung by Dallas’s own Norah Jones. Take a listen to “Problem Queen” below.
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft. Norah Jones – Problem Queen