- Posted on Jul 9th 2012 11:00AM by Cameron Matthews
Giovanni Stefano Ghidini
The tune, "New York for Life," begins with a lilting snare step, followed by a couple of oddly melodic chimes. Jovanotti shouts in Italian before going into a soft-spoken Lou Reed-esque vocal cadence. And all of a sudden, you've been seduced and put into a psychedelic trance.
"When producer Ian Brennan came to my house in Tuscany to assemble the Italia 1988-2012 album, we talked about doing something in English for the project and he made me listen to the instrumental of 'New York for Life.' So I wrote the lines and I recorded my voice over the song, very rapidly," the singer tells Spinner.
"I know my pronunciation is like a New York City taxi driver's but the core of the lyrics is authentic: I love New York. I consider New York a sort of mirror of my deep spirit even If I was born and raised 8,000 kilometers away from the Apple. In New York, I truly find something of every part of the world I loved, mixed together like God's playlist of human vibrations. This song is something new for me. It's a collaboration with the producer Ian Brennan. Let's say this: If you like it, I am the one who did it; if you don't like it it's Ian Brennan's fault! OK?"
Jovanotti's new career retrospective and first American physical release Italia 1988-2012, is available Aug. 7 via ATO Records. Type your e-mail address into the widget below to download the singer's brand new tune "New York for Life."