Growing the wait, we are almost there, despite as Mecna himself stated: “I’m not good at creating big expectations”, we are sure that many of you are waiting until midnight today to listen and consume the new album “Mentre nessuno guarda”.
Less than a year after the previous record work, “Neverland”, Mecna returns with a new solo album, a work that represents the consolidation of the rapper’s new artistic direction. The previous works have consecrated the artist in the Olympus that gravitates around rap d’autore, leading him to be recognized as one of the most interesting and refined pens of the Italian scene. In the new album emerges with a great decision the artist’s ability to express himself in a personal way, digging inside himself with awareness, to face his own depth with lightness, to reveal himself with the shyness of those who value their intimacy and with the clarity of those who since his first songs are used to talk about their inner worlds.
We have heard it in preview and we can only tell you that in “Mentre nessuno guarda” Mecna continues to talk about love.
He does so through lyrics that tell it with self-irony, immediacy and melancholy, characteristic traits of his writing, also contained in the 8-minute video published a few weeks ago.
We had a chat with Mecna and his director Enea Colombi on the video, a plot capable of transporting the viewer into the imagination of the album guided by the voice of Corrado.
The premiere of your new album “Mentre nessuno guarda” opens with these words of yours: “I look back and see how I was then”. What inspired you particularly in the creation of the short film that is a visual and symbolic representation of your new album?
There is also a lot of Enea in this short film, with him we know each other well enough to trust each other. I made him feel the pieces, we talked about the general idea and then he did all his travels (which I found effective) for the rendering of the project. I always wanted to do something like that but I had never found the right moment and when Enea proposed it to me I was over the moon. It’s not a visual representation of the album, it’s more an introduction, almost a way to bring you into that mood.
An element that is often repeated in the short film is the red, to which is dedicated a very expressive frame that impressed us. What lies behind this choice?
Red is the color of this record. I played a lot with colors in my latest releases and I knew that everything would lead to red, which represents the album. The scene of the two twins dirtying and cleaning the girl with tempera (blood) is perhaps the main one, but it’s nice that everyone finds the meaning they believe, I have my own personal that can be understood from the voice over of that part. But it is not the only one, here.
Between small spoilers, video sequences, your voice acting as narrator, as well as asking Enea how difficult and beautiful it was at the same time to enclose your new work in an 8 minutes video?
It was the most difficult challenge. I started off brashly, saying that it would be the last of the problems, instead, I realized that intonation was everything. I did several rehearsals, in the end, I went back to where I started from, that is, to talk almost as if it was the intro of a song, without trying too hard to be an actor.
In an alternation of different scenarios left to the viewer’s interpretation: a love story, a journey, the continuous approach and departure of the characters linked by a common thread, you managed to visually represent the new album. What inspired you to create this interweaving capable of transporting the viewer into the imagination of the album guided by the voice of Corrado himself?
I always thought that between me and Corrado there was a certain affinity in terms of visual language, I always found myself in his lyrics. The day he contacted me it came naturally to me to write a short for the album. He left me carte blanche, and after the lockdown, I had a strong desire to start creating again. It’s a short that tells the story of Corrado’s album but in a way also a part of me. The theme of the journey is recurring in this video and represents all the places of my adolescence (the countryside beyond Po Pavese and the hills of Piacenza), and I was able to represent them visually. The journey by car and the roads are the common thread connecting all the characters. At the level of plot and history, it’s free to interpretation, but this does not mean that “means everything and nothing”. The aim was to let the viewer free to give his own interpretation and I think it was a good idea (the feedback received brought out interpretations that are very close to my initial vision, which included a positive and a negative one. Another fundamental aspect was the casting: the two protagonists are both actors at the first experience on the set (it’s a characteristic that I look for a lot in my productions, that the characters are not played by professionals but have a personality, then of course also the physical characteristics). We found a factorial strategy that could work for everyone.
You have worked and you work for a lot of artists, over time you have signed several video clips of various singles. What is it like to think a video that represents the whole album?
It was a very stimulating work. I have always felt this impulse towards audio-visual narrative. Having had the opportunity, supported by a production company and a major, to go and create a short film for an album was a very brave operation but one that will surely bear fruit. It was a great opportunity, I put myself on the line, especially on the duration that goes beyond the canons of traditional video clips, so it was a great satisfaction.
While waiting for the record you just have to enjoy a few small spoilers present in the premiere, accompanied by the sequences that the director has chosen as a visual and symbolic representation of the songs and contents of the album, an alternation of different scenarios left to the interpretation of the viewer.
Cover by: Andrea Carveni