Along with corralling his Faith No More bandmates into appearances at Coachella and The Warfield, musical chameleon and Bay Area legend Mike Patton has been brushing up on his Italian. The adventurous Patton's upcoming album Mondo Cane indulges his love for '50s and '60s Italian oldies, and features the 42-year-old Eureka native singing -- in that innately musical tongue -- over a 40-piece orchestra and choir. Because, y'know, Patton's gazillion other projects were just a bit too predictable.
The all-covers collection includes "Urlo Negro," a 1960s tune about the Civil Rights struggle, and "Senza Fine," a song made famous by the beloved pop diva Connie Francis. Patton also wears his love for Ennio Morricone with a cover of "Deep Down," from the 1968 film Danger: Diabolik.
Patton's own label, Ipecac, recently released the artwork and tracklist for Mondo Cane, which is due out May 4. Our pals at LA Weeklygot an early listen and had good things to say: "There is a key difference between this release and the majority of Patton's enviable back-catalog: there's not a whiff of weird for weird's sake (with all due respect), making Mondo Cane -- and not the regrettably hip-hop infused Peeping Tom -- the true Patton pop record that his acolytes have been waiting for all these years."
Our interested is piqued--especially after watching the video posted above.
Here's the full track listing for 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
8. L'Uomo Che Non Sapeva Amare
9. 20 KM Al Giorno
10. Ti Offro Da Bere
11. Senza Fine