MIKE SIMONETTI - SOLIPSISM (COLLECTED WORKS 2006-2013) VINYL (LTD. ED. CLEAR + BONUS 12")
LIMITED EDITION CLEAR VINYL + BONUS 12"
Release Date: 12th October 2018
The co-founder and former owner of Italians Do It Better Records brings us some unheard gems from the archive. Simonetti was creating that 'Drive soundtrack' sound before it was even a thing and in fact influenced Italians Do It Better Records co-founder Johnny Jewel's band Chromatics who's music featured in the film and is synonymous with 'the sound'. I don't know about Italian's, but Simonetti definitely 'Does It Better'!
For Fans Of: Dirve OST, Chromatics, Prins Thomas, Johnny Jewel
"Solipsism is an archival release of music from Mike Simonetti's tenure as owner of Italians Do It Better Records, spanning from 2006-2013. During that time Mike wrote a lot of music. Some of it was used for films, some for TV commercials, some for fashion shows and he even released a record or two. Influenced by the intersection of 80's arena rock bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, glam rock/dance bands like Rockets and Supermax, and especially the underground Italian producer Piero Umiliani - the album is chock-full of atmospheric rock-inspired arpeggiated riffs. The mixture of metal and chugging dance music makes for a unique listening experience. Every song has a riff, every song is heavy and dense. Only one song goes above 118 BPM. These are heavy chuggers that make for a tense emotional experience that exceeds your standard, easy-to-write-off “soundtrack” fare, mainly because it was never written with that in mind. It was meant to be a fist-pumping arena rock inspired thumper! You can hear that in the one two punch of A Prayer For War into Illusions, which is an outtake from his The Magician sessions. Other songs like Solipsism showcase the airy melodies of that were to come with his other project Pale Blue, but that is not typical on this album. If you listen closely, you can hear how Simonetti’s music and dark vibes inspired his then label partner Johnny Jewel to take his own bands Chromatics and Glass Candy in a different, more cinematic direction. This was written and recorded years before the Drive soundtrack and all the hoopla around the sudden soundtrack resurgence. In 2011 Mike was asked to submit some songs for a soon to be released Hollywood remake. He submitted most of the songs from this album, and they were slated for release on the soundtrack, but the project fell apart, and the film went in a different direction and changed producers. Soon after, because of all the drama and foolishness, he left Italians Do It Better to start over with 2MR and Pale Blue. This is the nail in the coffin. Godspeed."