(foto courtesy of Red Your Blues)
Ossi Viola and Lo Selbo sing the odyssey. They met for the first time in the local church of Rome’s Portonaccio neighborhood in 2011. Back then, Ossi lived in Rome studying sacral music. Lo Selbo visited Rome regularly. Shortly after, Ossi and Lo were a couple and began to sing together in Itaca. Although both live and work in Berlin, they decided to sing in the language of their first meeting. Itaca developed their peculiar style, which is influenced by to 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 to play the infamous Ostiapalusa Festival in Ostia, June 2014. The moment Ossi and Lo 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.
Several concerts in Rome and two bigger Italian tours followed. From Lecce to Milano they enjoyed a clattering touchdown with italian audience and with their culinary traditions as well. In the moment Itaca are in the studio recording their second album and prepare their third Italian tour, possibly in Sicily.
More details about their relationship, the upcoming album, the mythology behind their name and their curious goals you can read in the interview of Brooklyn’s Impose magazine, which you find in the “News” section.