First Listen: Mike Patton’s ‘Mondo Cane,’ An Inventive Love Letter to Morricone

Mondo Cane: The world is a dog, and Patton its master.

On Monday, Speakeasy PR announced the pending release of a new Mike Patton record, Mondo Cane:

Recorded at a series of European performances including an outdoor concert in a Northern Italian piazza, the self-titled album features traditional Italian pop songs as well as a rendition of Ennio Morricone’s “Deep Down.”   Patton worked with a 30-piece orchestra and choir to create the uniquely new Mondo Cane sound.

Mondo Cane isn’t due out until May 4, via Patton’s own Ipecac Recordings, but I’ve reviewed it anyway over at West Coast Sound. It was meant to be “first impression,” but became a full-blown critique. Why? I couldn’t help myself. Some blame the devil; I blame Patton — is there a difference, really?

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