La Batteria Draw on Classic Italian Soundtracks for Debut Album

La Batteria Draw on Classic Italian Soundtracks for Debut Album
Classic Italian soundtracks have a lot of cultural currency these days thanks to the likes of Goblin and Ennio Morricone. Those artists are touchstones for the instrumental Italian four-piece La Batteria, whose self-titled debut album will be out in North America on March 3 through Penny Records.

In addition to Goblin and Morricone, a press release cites influences like Stelvio Cipriani, Alessandro Alessandroni, Bruno Nicolai and I Marc 4. La Batteria reportedly draws on prog-funk, Afrobeat, hip-hop and kosmiche, in addition to "songwriting from the heyday of Italian movie glamorama."

The musicians play vintage instruments, and the result is said to be "not merely a revival; it's a projection of the past into the present."

For a taste of what this sounds like, watch a video for La Batteria's opening cut, "Chimera." The song mixes nylon-string guitar plucking with harpsichord melodies and a hip-hop-tinged groove, while the accompanying video complements the retro atmosphere Super 8-style amusement park footage.

While the North American release isn't until March 3, the European release was today (January 26).

La Batteria:

1. Chimera
2. Vigilante
3. Scenario
4. Formula (ft. Patchani Brothers)
5. Vice Versa
6. Manifesto
7. Dilemma
8. Espresso
9. Incognito
10. Scenario 2
11. Zero
12. Persona Non Grata