Swedish italo-disco pop duo Sally Shapiro has announced the release of their forthcoming Elsewhere LP, a curated collection of remixes taken from tracks off their third album, Somewhere Else, which features Canadian duo Electric Youth (from the Drive soundtrack), Anoraak, Le Prix and more. Elsewhere includes remixes from The Field, Little Boots, Dan Lissvik (Studio), Nite Jewel, Young Galaxy, Henning Fürst of The Tough Alliance, and more, and is set for release May 28th on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order Elsewhere here.
Shapiro recently released a new video for the track ‘If It Doesn’t Rain.’ The clip features the handy work of director Iris Beatrix, who edited footage of a Czech cartoon from 1953 so that the visual perfectly fit with the song’s aesthetic. As Sally and producer Johan Agebjörn put it, “We happened to watch this old Czech cartoon from the ’50s and thought it would fit perfectly to ‘If It Doesn’t Rain ‘ – it has the same chilly feel and it asks the same question as the lyrics in the song: are they really made for each other? So we asked Beatrix, who earlier made fan videos of ‘Hold Me So Tight’,’ Spacer Woman From Mars’ and ‘Deeper Space Woman’, if she could edit the cartoon to fit the song, and we are really happy with the results.”
The melancholic harmonies and 80s disco feel are still present, but there are also indie pop influences (á la Belle & Sebastian), as well as touches of funk, IDM, trance, jazz and ambient. In 2007, Paper Bag Records released Shapiro’s debut, Disco Romance, a nostalgic trip back to romantic italo disco of 1984. The duo was subsequently remixed by Lindstrøm, Tensnake, Junior Boys, CFCF, and Juan MacLean. Known for her shyness, Shapiro does not reveal her real name, will not even let Agebjörn into the studio when she sings, and has never performed her songs live.
3. All My Life (Mitch Murder Remix)
4. Architectured Love (Mauvais Cliché Remix)
5. Sundown (Nite Jewel Remix)
6. This City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush On Me (Little Boots Discotheque Remix)
7. Don’t Be Afraid (Lost Years Remix)
8. Starman (Henning Fürst Remix)
9. What Can I Do (Young Galaxy Remix)
10. Lives Together (The Field Remix)