Italy’s Andrea Laszlo De Simone EP ‘Immensità’ due June 3 via Ekleroshock/Hamburger Records, shares title-track28 April 2020
Italian singer, multi-instrumentalist & composer Andrea Laszlo De Simone today releases ‘Immensità’, the title-track lifted from his forthcoming new EP due out on June 3 via Ekleroshock/Hamburger Records (TSHEGUE, Benjamin Clementine, Polo & Pan). In recent years, a steady uptick has seen artists hailing from the likes of Spain, France and Korea score global crossover success via non-English-language releases. With the release this summer of ‘Immensita’, you sense in De Simone the arrival of a single-minded talent to consolidate his country’s history of producing seasoned film score composers and Italo-disco classics, with one of the most intriguing cosmic pop releases of the year. With autodidact De Simone playing nearly all the instruments heard across ‘Immensità’, the EP was recorded between his native Turin and Paris, where he met with his new label family.
Listen to single ‘Immensità’ here:
Whilst ‘Immensità’ is articulated into 4 universal themes – ‘Il Sogno’ (Dream), ‘La Realtà’ (Reality), ‘Lo Spazio’ (Space) and ‘Il Tempo’ (Time) – the EP is all-the-while couched in the same hushed, honest intimacy that prompted De Simone to liken releasing ‘Uono Donna’ at the time to “Being in the bathroom, but realising you haven’t locked it, and someone opens the door suddenly”. On the forthcoming vinyl format for ‘Immensità’, the EP’s thoughtfully sequenced tracks are sewn together by a series of three instrumental interludes, book-ended by a prelude and concluding movement, transforming it into a single, continuous suite of music.
De Simone references Italy’s 15th century ‘Grotesque’ art period as an influence for his tendency towards production which flits nimbly between the sparing and the widescreen. This connection bears itself out on the whirring, electronic intermission which foreshadows the arrival of first single ‘Mistero’, a slow-unfurling track which pitches the warm naivety of De Simone’s lyrics & a whistled hook against skittering strings, which were recorded at Paris’ Conservatory, with assistance from Limousine’s Frederic Soulard.
Like its predecessor ‘Uomo Donna’ (‘Man, Woman’), ‘Immensità’ is rooted in its author’s paternity. Whilst the arrival of Andrea’s son Martino coloured much of the former, he in turn wrote & recorded ‘Immensità’ whilst his wife was expecting their second child, a little girl. Absorbed by mathematician Blaise Pascal’s theory on dual infinities, Andrea says; “On the track ‘Immensità’ itself, I tried to express how small & large existence is. It is an enchanted glance at reality. Immensity resides in every minute choice, in every morning and every rebirth; it is the whole universe in which we’re living.”
Electing – as always – to create ‘Immensità’ largely at home, De Simone shares some of the self-effacing dryness of his fellow countryman Lucio Battisti, to whom Andrea’s songwriting continues to draw him comparisons from critics. “Because I’m completely self-taught, it’s very difficult for me to explain my ideas to someone else” observes De Simone. “Since I hate conflict, I’d rather record everything at home. Plus, I like to smoke without bothering anybody”.
PRAISE FOR ANDREA LASZLO DE SIMONE
“If the whole album is as pleasant as this track, we would be tempted to skip February altogether and go directly floating into Andrea Laszlo De Simone’s universe” – Les Inrockuptibles
“Halfway between the earth and the sun stands Andrea Laszlo De Simone, a Torinese musician whose graceful pop owes as much to the softness of a pebble on a beach as the forces that shaped it” – Le Monde
“‘Immensità’ is a short project, four songs only, but it is so dense, rich and seemingly out of time. Andrea Laszlo De Simone brings us back to the best Italian pop” – France Inter
Andrea Laszlo De Simone seems to be able to single handedly revive great Italian pop. His new EP is a thing of beauty Libération