Ever since playing Red Dead Redemption for hours on end, I developed a real appreciation for the music which accompanies those classic Spaghetti Western films. Chirping crickets, echoed whistling, lone banjos and cracking whips became the soundtrack to my time spent (or wasted, depending on your gaming prejudice) protecting towns from bandits, herding cattle and untying fair maidens from the train tracks. However, for reasons to dull to publish, the game has since been spirited away from my life before I had the chance to complete it and subsequently left a cowboy-hat shaped hole in my life. Luckily, and perhaps coincidentally, Danger Mouse has found similar inspiration from the music of Spaghetti Western’s and will release an album later this year which will make you wanna jump onto your horse and ride off into the sunset firing pistols into the air.
Rome, written by Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, Dark Night Of The Soul) and Italian composer Daniele Luppi, is influenced by Italian film scores from films such as The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West and will feature vocals by Jack White and Norah Jones. The album also features musicians who worked on the original soundtracks of those classic films and recorded on vintage equipment to successfully re-capture the practices of the 1960s/70s golden age. The album promises to be a cinematically ambitious and complex record full of transitions between dark and light.
Check out a trailer for Rome, including interviews with Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi, Jack White and Norah Jones underneath: