Danger Mouse Resurrects Spaghetti Western with Norah Jones

CHART SPOTLIGHT. By and large, spaghetti western in the style of Sergio Leone and Guisseppe Tornatoro owes a lot to the music composed by Italian 80+ veteran Ennio Morricone. He has also been the source of inspiration for Danger Mouse, the highly acclaimed producer who issued the album Rome this May together with the composer Daniele Luppi.

Session Recorded in Neo-Classical Roman Church

The album took five years to make and expect the first single “Season’s Tree” featuring jazz singer Norah Jones to bow this week in the UK. Included as one of three tracks with the female vocalist, the album also features The White Stripes’ Jack White. According to the Daily Gleaner, Rome is “a blend of six vocal tracks and nine instrumentals, a contemporary spin with a vintage Ennio Morricone feel. The session was recorded in a neo-classical church in Rome on analog equipment, the end result is far more than the soundtrack for a movie that does not exist. ” Quite interesting, it features the Canto Moderni choir featured on the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood. Rome bowed on charts globally in mid-May. Its highest peak is on the US Digital Albums chart (No.3), while peaking at No.11 on the Billboard 200 and at No.20 on the UK album chart.

Not a typical WelcheMusic favourite, Danger Mouse versatility is fascinating. The White Plains native formed Gnarls Barkley together with Cee-Lo Green, producing their albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. In 2004, Danger Mouse challenged the industry when he merged Jay-Z’s 2003 The Black Album with instrumentals from The Beatles’ 1968 White Album.  This was not appreciated by EMI, as the samples were unauthorized. Danger Mouse went on to produce the 2005 album Demon Days by The Gorillaz and Beck’s 2008 album Modern Guilt

Debut Album Amassed 20+ Million in Global Sales

As mentioned earlier, Norah Jones is featured on three tracks including “Season’s Tree.” Haven released four albums to date and amassed three US No.1 albums, Jones is one of the most successful jazz singers in modern time. 2002’s Come Away with Me was the high-profile debut of Jones, including no less than five singles ultimately selling more than 20 million albums worldwide.

Last November, the compilation album …Featuring was released by Jones. Collaborations with the likes of Ryan Adams, Foo Fighters and OutKast.

Finally, Some Kind of Awesome previewed “Season’s Tree” this April and is the staff favorite so far. the track was also dropped via Soundcloud this April and named one of the best new tracks on the eponymous blog. In addition, Chicago Now names it best album of the year.

Naomi Watts+Sean Penn=Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood”

Having just seen the terrific movie Fair Game at the theatre, WelcheMusic will choose not to comment on the political aspect. Instead, the soundtrack threw us back to March 2001 as the movie opens with Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” in the background. Preceding their debut album, the track peaked at No.4 in the UK and No.57 in the US. Rapper Del the Funky Homosapien collaborates with ex-Blur singer Damon Albarn.


Music Week reports that the Gorillaz uses augmented reality layers in their recently expanded iPhone app. The group started as a musical project back in 1998 when singer Damon Albarn teamed up with cartoonist Jamie Hawlett, creator of the comic book Tank Girl. To date, the group has had one UK No.1 hit (“DARE” in 1995). “19-2000” topped the singles tally in New Zealand in 2001 and “Feel Good Inc.” was a U.S. Alternative Rock chart topper in 2005. So far, Gorillaz has issued three studio albums and 13 singles. In Sweden, “Clint Eastwood” is the biggest hit peaking at No.7. 

Starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, Fair Game is a 2010 thriller based on the memoirs of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.                     

Gorillaz expand iPhone app for London shows

08:33 | Friday November 12, 2010

By Eamonn Forde

Gorillaz have expanded their iPhone app to add in greater augmented reality layers as part of their Plastic Beach shows next week at the O2 in London.

Markers located around the venue will allow people attending the show to interact with 3D models, go backstage and unlock hidden content such as submarines, pirate ships and Plastic Beach itself.

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