Omnian Music Group: Solipsism is an archival release of music from Mike Simonetti’s tenure as owner of Italians Do It Better Records, spanning from 2006-2013. During that time Mike wrote a lot of music. Some of it was used for films, some for TV commercials, some for fashion shows and he even released a record or two.
Influenced by the intersection of 80’s arena rock bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, glam rock/dance bands like Rockets and Supermax, and especially the underground Italian producer Piero Umiliani – the album is chock-full of atmospheric rock-inspired arpeggiated riffs. The mixture of metal and chugging dance music makes for a unique listening experience. Every song has a riff, every song is heavy and dense. Only one song goes above 118 BPM. These are heavy chuggers that make for a tense emotional experience that exceeds your standard, easy-to-write-off “soundtrack” fare, mainly because it was never written with that in mind. It was meant to be a fist-pumping arena rock inspired thumper! You can hear that in the one two punch of “A Prayer For War” into “Illusions”, which is an outtake from his “The Magician” sessions. Other songs like “Solipsism” showcase the airy melodies of that were to come with his other project Pale Blue, but that is not typical on this album. If you listen closely, you can hear how Simonetti’s music and dark vibes inspired his then label partner Johnny Jewel to take his own bands Chromatics and Glass Candy in a different, more cinematic direction.
This was written and recorded years before the Drive soundtrack and all the hoopla around the sudden soundtrack resurgence. In 2011 Mike was asked to submit some songs for a soon to be released Hollywood remake. He submitted most of the songs from this album, and they were slated for release on the soundtrack, but the project fell apart, and the film went in a different direction and changed producers. Soon after, because of all the drama and foolishness, he left Italians Do It Better to start over with 2MR and Pale Blue. This is the nail in the coffin. Godspeed.
Sorta feels weird hyping myself today on one of the darkest days in our history, but here goes. Today is the official release date of my album. It compiles a bunch of songs I wrote during my time as owner of Italians Do It Better in the early to mid 2000’s. Solipsism is a heavy term. “Only one’s mind is sure to exist, and the knowledge of anything outside ones own mind is unsure.” I have distinct memories of laying in my bed as a young kid and feeling this way. That is my mother on the cover, on her wedding day in 1968. She raised two children, and was the primary breadwinner of my family. She supported me and my crazy endeavors throughout life- whether it was playing baseball , or throwing it all away to race bmx and skateboard. She supported my decisions to start a fanzine and record label. She would photocopy pages of fanzines and fliers at her job for me. She trusted my decisions. Today, as I watch the USA suppress women yet again, I find it fitting that my mother, one of the strongest women I know, is on the cover of my record- a tribute to strength and power and (sometimes to a fault) unconditional love . Also, this is a photo of me in 1989, seventeen years old, right around the time I started going to clubs and learning about electronic music. (Notice the acid house mock turtle neck and semi ironic Ernie, which was the fashion of the day). These are the memories we hold, and these are the people and places who made us. The beginning, middle, and end. The world is a dark place, and the music on this album is indeed dark- but it’s not all negative. There is plenty of light in this world to be found. Find it, and embrace it and spread it. Most importantly, love and lift up the women in your life.