le ROSE: “Soledad”
As often as Italo disco is cited as an influence, there haven’t been many actual Italians associated with the sound’s resurgence. That could change with Milan-based duo le ROSE whose members Flavio Scutti and Andrea Noce collaborate on both visual art and experimental pop music. “Soledad,” a highlight of their new EP Isole is both the most straightforward dance track on the album as well as its most powerful. With driving house synths that recall the Giorgio Moroder/Donna Summer classic “I Feel Love” and vocals that take seem to take inspiration from Algerian raï-style singing, “Soledad” revels in its own melodrama. While labels like Italians Do It Better and 100% Silk have released similarly-minded analog dance music in recent years, “Soledad” shows le ROSE to be more fabulously unhinged in their approach. This is dance music as theater at its most compelling.
Isole is out now on postosegreto
Written by Nathan Reese