Mike Patton (Faith No More, Peeping Tom, Tomahawk) unveils Mondo Cane, his Italian language rock-meets-orchestra hybrid, on May 4 via Ipecac Recordings.
Recorded at a series of European performances including an outdoor concert in a Northern Italian piazza, the self-titled album features traditional Italian pop songs as well as a rendition of Ennio Morricone’s “Deep Down.” Patton worked with a 30-piece orchestra and choir to create the uniquely new Mondo Cane sound.
Patton’s body of work continues to evolve and grow with a wide range of bands and solo projects including Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Fantômas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and most recently as a film composer and voice actor.
The track listing for Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane:
1. Il Cielo In Una Stanza 2. Che Notte! 3. Ore D’Amore 4. Deep Down 5. Quello Che Conta 6. Urlo Negro 7. Scalinatella 8. L’Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare 9. 20 KM Al Giorno 10. Ti Offro Da Bere 11. Senza Fine
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Dan the Automator has made a career out of keeping his mind open. Despite being mostly accredited as a hip-hop producer, he’s managed to branch out, creating for himself a path into alternative genres. Working with an array of singers and rhymesayers for his and Prince Paul’s Handsome Boy Modeling School, the first Gorillaz album, and then with Mike Patton for the seductive Lovage and upcoming Peeping Tom, he’s benefited from exploring other avenues.
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