The Collaboration That is Rome – Lollapalooza’s 20th Anniversary Line-up

26 Apr

Rome to release Album May 17 (US)

A good film is composed of a solid combination of actors playing roles successfully. A band is not very different, and an album created by a collaboration of artists working towards a goal is practically the same thing. The band Rome sees four artists joining forces on a “different” project inspired by the film soundtrack work of Ennio Morricone, an Italian composer most famous for his film scores of spaghetti westerns.

Brian Burton (a.k.a Danger Mouse), Jack White, Norah Jones, and composer Daniele Luppi recorded their soundtrack-inspired album in Rome’s Forum Studios, a facility Morricone helped establish, with the help of musicians that have worked with Morricone. Rome takes from the rich musical tradition of Italy. It is no surprise that Danger Mouse considers the album to be about love.

Yes, I know what you are saying, Danger Mouse is today’s version of Bob Dylan. But let’s put the prolific producer/musician’s appearance in most modern music aside. I am very much looking forward to Rome’s debut album which is set to be released on May 17 (US). Rome is, in all sense of the term, a Supergroup. We know that the release is going to be good, but how different will it be. Can Rome fuel a new spaghetti western inspired genre, like an Italian classical folk rock extravaganza. A few songs have been released. Here is “Black.”

Danger Mouse’s influence is heard best in the chorus. The verse is folk combined with Norah Jones’ dreamy voice. “Black” is melancholic and, perhaps intentionally, the evanescent keyboard riff in the chorus is rather unsettling. The entire piece emits a frightening buried melody and, since this album is inspired by film scores, it fits perfectly.


Lollapalooza Line-Up

Lollapalooza is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and the line-up for this three-day festival at Chicago’s Grant Park has been released. This year’s headliners do not include Lady Gaga’s crowd-surfing star-boob act that took last summer’s crowd by storm. But, who knows, if Cee Lo Green gets angry at the festival he may do something even crazier.

The festival, which runs from August 5-7, will be headlined by Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Muse and My Morning Jacket. Some other highlight acts include Bright Eyes, The Cars, Cee Lo Green, Kid Cudi, Girl Talk (will be performing in a new 15,000 person dance tent).

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  1. Rome, The New Album from the New Supergroup | Music Of Our Heart Blog - May 1, 2011

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