Ossi Viola (Berlin Kreuzberg, voc and bass) and Lo Selbo (Berlin Karlshorst, voc and synthezisers) 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 to finish his not yet published biography of Celentano. 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, Humal 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 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. This was the birth of what Itaca call Neo-Italo.


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