Although we should be used to it by now, the intensive activity of Brian Joseph Burton, a.k.a Danger Mouse, still surprises us. A couple of weeks ago we told you about his collaboration with U2, and now we can tell you about his new joint project, reminiscent of “Dark Night of the Soul” that received so much attention last year (and not precisely for it’s musical merits, but for the controversy provoked by EMI’s imposed ban).
In a recent interview Burton and the Italian composer Daniele Luppi (his right-hand man on this new project) gave to The Guardian, they shed some light on a project that has been building in the shadows for over five years. Shortly after the release of the famous “The Grey Album” (2004) by Danger Mouse, Burton started collaborating with Luppi, a man with whom he shares a love of the scores by Piero Umiliani, Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai, responsible for the music of several 60’s Italian films, amongst them some spaghetti western classics like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) and “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), both directed by Sergio Leone.
Those scores were the seed for Rome, a project the duo have developed in Rome (at the classic Forum studios) in the company of luminaries of contemporary pop and rock music like Jack White (The White Stripes) and Norah Jones, along with veteran musicians—many of them septuagenarians—who participated in the recording sessions of some of the scores of those films from the golden age of spaghetti western. Rome the album will be released sometime next year through EMI (in the US) and Lex (in the rest of the world). More information, in The Guardian.