Life Is A Tape 2007​-​2017

I was going to release a 'best of' for the 10 year career, and as any collection that respects, it should have included some unreleased or alternative versions. 

I started collecting some tracks, remastering some of them, digging the archives for unreleased material, and at the end of the day I found myself with 11 tracks. 
Virtually an album. 

Agreed with my label, I've welcomed the suggestion of adding another couple of songs, and put out next release as an 'album', not to confuse and surrender the new material, while the 'best of' will be out later this year. 

Both always and only in digital, the album on all download and streaming platforms, while the 'best of' only for iTunes at a very low price. 

'Life Is A Tape 2007 - 2017' will not be a real album as "23:32" was conceived and the tracklist will consist of: 

- a 12 minutes suite I never dared to release before 

- the original version of 'Springtime', so far only available in 'Remix' 

- 2 covers released last year in "Papeetecafé Saudade" plus another cover that did not find room in the tracklist of the same 

- 2 instrumental tracks with Andy G, part of 4 experiments, one of which, "Essence" has recently been released by Lounge Masters. 

- 1 remastered track and one remastered and revisited from the first album 'Beautiful Memories ...' 

- a new version of 'Basically I'm Fine' 

- 1 track that was initially instrumental for a commercial project and I turned it into a song 

- 1 song that comes to its third garment 

- And finally a track composed yet before Didascalis released something officially, even dating back to 2003, but never done in the studio to this day. 

So I can say that the seventh album will be a collection-non-collection, with the sound and flavor that distinguishes my latest productions. 

I forgot: it will be called 'Life Is A Tape 2007 - 2017' because it also contains a new, almost acoustic version of 'Life Is A Tape', featuring Garduz - who since playing live with me, adores this song, and sang by Mary. 

After all, I think 'Life Is A Tape's' lyrics are one of the deepest and most original things I've ever written. 

P.S. As usual, each track will be posted along with a description and a story about it. 

P.P.S It will be a more downtempo album than I wished, so: relaaaaaaaax 

D
 

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released June 26, 2017 

Didascalis – Life Is A Tape 2007-2017 

Davide Marani: 

vocals, keyboards, programming/production, acoustic & nylon guitars, electric bass, shakers 

Andrea ' Andy G' Guerrini: 
mute & open trumpet, flugelhorn, mellophone, brass section on 04, 06, 09, 11, 13 

Luca ' Garduz' Gardini: 
alto sasxophone on 'Life Is A Tape 2017' 

Maria 'Mary' Passaro: 
lead vocal on 'Life Is A Tape 2017' 

01, 02, 03, 05, 08, 10, 12 written by Davide Marani
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23​:​32

released June 6, 2016 

Didascalis is: 

Davide Marani - production, vocals & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, electric bass, shakers & various electronica 

guesting: 

Andy G - trumpet, flugelhorn & brass section on 02, 04, 05, 09 
Daniele ' Dano' Caprelli - soprano sax on 11 
Garduz - tenor saxophone on 01, 12 
Frenky - electric guitar solo on 05 
Frensy - backing vocals on 02, 11 
Eri Ka - vocals on 12 
Henrique Piraì - flute on 02 

Thanks to: Andrea Guerrini, Daniele Caprelli, Luca Gardini, Marco Franchini, Francesca Castorri, Erika Tozzi, Henrique Pirai, Marco Leonardi, Alex Montana, Nicola Pari, Roberto 'Robert-Eno' Salaroli. 
Special thank to Francesco Garofalo. 

This album is dedicated to my beloved dad and to my mum. 

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who buys or listens or feel interest for my music. 

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Black, Blue, Red (Digital Single)

Didascalis - Black, Blue, Red (Digital Single) 

2nd single taken from the new album "23:32" 
release date: May 16, 2016 
Produced by Didascalis 

"Be Still My Beating Heart (feat. Andy G)" is non-album track & exclusive to this release

credits

released May 16, 2016 

Davide Marani - production, vocals & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, electric bass, shakers & various electronica 
Garduz - tenor sax 
Andy G - muted & open trumpet
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Surrender (Digital Single)

Didascalis - Surrender (Digital Single) 

1st single taken from the new album "23:32" 
release date: April 25, 2016 
Produced by Didascalis 

"So Simple" & "23:32" are non-album track & exclusive to this release

credits

released April 25, 2016 

Davide Marani - production, vocals & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, electric bass, shakers & various electronica 
Andy G - trumpet, flugelhorn & brass section 
Frensy - backing vocals 
Henrique Piraì - flute
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Last Christmas E​.​P.

Didascalis - Last Christmas (Digital Single) 

Last Christmas 05:17 

written by G. Michael 
Produced by Davide Marani 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat. Andy G & Garduz) 05:48 

written by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 
Produced by Davide Marani

credits

released December 4, 2015 

Davide Marani: production, nylon acustic guitar, vocals and programming 
Andrea Guerrini: flugelhorn & brass section 
Luca Gardini: alto saxophone
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White Christmas E.P.

Digital 2-tracks single including Bing Crosby's classic "White Christmas" and Didascalis's original "December Sky", featuring Andy G on both tracks.

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Me, Myself & Someone Else

Conceived, arranged & produced by Davide Marani, with a musical help by guest musicians.

CD 1 (Someone Else)

01 SMALLTOWN BOY – written by L. Cole / S. Bronski / J. Somerville / W. F. Steven / L. Steinbachek, originally performed by Bronski Beat
02 WEST END GIRLS – written by N. Tennant / C. Lowe, originally performed by Pet Shop Boys
03 ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE – written by P. Collins, originally performed by Phil Collins
04 CALLING YOU – written by B. Telson, originally performed by Jevetta Steele
05 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD – written by C. Dennis / R. Davis originally performed by Kylie Minogue
06 CRAZY – written by Brian Joseph Burton, originally performed by Gnarls Barkley
07 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC – written by Sting, originally performed by The Police
08 SAILING – written by C. Cross, originally performed by Christopher Cross
09 WEST END GIRLS (Lounge Flavour) – written by N. Tennant / C. Lowe, originally performed by Pet Shop Boys
10 ON THE BEACH – written by C. Rea, originally performed by Chris Rea
11 FRAGILE – written by Sting, originally performed by Sting
12 SUNRISE – written by S. Allen / D. Hall / M. Hucknall / J. Oates, originally performed by Simply Red

CD 2 (Me, Myself)

01 SHARE – written by D. Marani
02 FIREWORKS (unplugged feat. Andy G) - written by D. Marani
03 QUIETLY (feat. Frensy) - written by D. Marani
04 YET TO COME (Album Version) - written by D. Marani
05 IMPROVISATION IN ME - written by D. Marani
06 MEMORIES (unplugged) - written by D. Marani
07 MIRAGE - written by D. Marani
08 SUNSET EMOTIONS (feat. Garduz) - written by D. Marani
09 NEVER ALONE - written by D. Marani
10 RAINFALL (2014 feat. Garduz) - written by D. Marani
11 KILLING THE TIME (feat. Valentino Bianchi) - written by D. Marani / V. Bianchi
12 FLOATING AWAY - written by D. Maran

...my fifth album: I succeeded well in covering SOMEONE ELSE's songs, but needed to release something of ME, brand new, and re-work some of the first tracks I wrote by MYSELF... so, here it is... hope you like!

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West End Girls E.P.

Conceived, arranged & produced by Davide Marani, with a musical help by guest musicians.

01 WEST END GIRLS – written by N. Tennant / C. Lowe, originally performed by Pet Shop Boys
02 TEQUILA SUNRISE – written by G. Frey / D. Henley, originally performed by Eagles
03 YET TO COME (The Beach, The Sand Mix) – written by D. Marani
04 SUPERSTAR – originally written & performed by Bob McGilpin
05 SUNRISE (Instrumental) – written by S. Allen / D. Hall / M. Hucknall / J. Oates, originally performed by Simply Red

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Enjoy My Wrong Shoes

 Produced, arranged, played, sung and concieved by Davide Marani between september & december 2011 @ Mystudio 

All tracks written by Martin Lee Gore except "Springtime” written by Davide Marani 
...when you are in love with a band from the age of 13 and you reach nearly 40, it's quiet easy to dive in their musical world wearing your own personal “musical outfit”... 
I picked up some of my favourite tracks, but not all, because I want to keep the pleausre of listening to some other in their original version :-) ... let's say that, the ones gathered here, were the most perfect to match with my musical vision... and some other have been suggested... 
I have blended together my various musical likes (to put in the arrangments); 
my various musical latter improvments (to put in the production); 
asked help to some musician friends (to give that taste “not all of mine”), and I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did when I was on the run... 
Depeche Mode have been the soundtrack for a big part of my life, they have been my first big love in music, and I can say I ought to them what I have become... later other artists will influence my mind, but DM are my pioneers... 
So this tribute, is my way to say thank you to them, although they will never know or care! ...who cares!... :-) 
It should have been a long deadline project, but, except for the finishing touches, it has been a pleasant rush, that had to rest for a while since “Basically I'm Fine” was going to be released in January 2012, closing the trilogy of my first works... 
as I usually say: is it lounge? Chillout? Deep house? ...listen & like: it's Didascalis...
credits
released 12 July 2013 
Valentino Bianchi soprano sax on 06 
Francesca 'Frensy' Castorri vocals & backing vocals on 02, 07 & 09 
Gionata Costa cello on 01 
Andrea 'Andy G' Guerrini trumpet, muted trumpet & brass section on 04, 07 & 13 
Mauro Mosciatti electric guitar solo on 05 & 12 
Davide Marani electric bass on 03 & 12 and shakers here & there... 
Artwok & photos by Marco Leonardi – www.marcoleonardi.eu -

 

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