Photo: Christina Peters, 2017

In April 2017 Itaca published their album “Itaca Mi Manchi” (Aloch Dischi, Vinyl/CD/digital) with a sold-out release party at Berlin’s Berghain Kantine and a double-Italy release festa in their label’s hometown Pisa and their spiritual center Rome.  The album is described as a “german-italian synth-jewel” (Noisey Italia) that introduces a “new canzone popolare” (Rolling Stone Italia). Its eponymous song “Mi Manchi” was voted as the 30th best song of the year 2017 by Germany’s Musikexpress.

Itaca are Albertine Sarges and Lo Selbo on their relentless odyssey. They met for the first time in 2011. Back then, Albertine lived in Rome studying sacral music. Lo Selbo visited Rome regularly. Shortly after, Albertine and Lo were a couple and began to sing together in Itaca. Although both live in Berlin, they decided to sing in the language of their first meeting: Italian. Itaca developed their peculiar style, that is influenced by Italian cantautori of the 70s (Battisti, Battiato, Dalla), Europop of the 80s (Yazoo, Human League),  and Avant-Electro of the new millennium (The Knife, Animal Collective).

After first Berlin shows in 2013, Itaca were invited to play the infamous Ostiapalusa Festival at the gates of Rome , June 2014. The moment Albertine and Selbo sang the chorus of Ispirami, looking each other in the eyes, reciting their lyrics “vediamo il cielo ruotare, come un vinile | una ridda di mondi canta per noi | so ho un mio mondo dentro di me | Ispirami!” the audience bursted into an emotional hurrican; Hipsters were caressing punks, syndicalists kissing with industrial daughters, disco chicks doing funky dances with the elderly couple in the background. It seemed a new canzone popolare was in the air. And so they dared to come back to Italy.

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