Lalala Napoli was founded by the longtime Bratsch mainstay and accordionist, composer and singer François Castiello with musicians from No Mad? and Mango Gadzi who are Julien Cretien on accordion, Thomas Garnier on flute and guitar, Floret Hermet on contrabass, Nicolas Lopez on violin, Francois Vinoche on drums and Adrien Virat who handles the sound. Their music is the music of Napoli made famous since the early 1900’s under the umbrella name of the world-famous Canzone Napoletana that featured giants like Enrico Caruso, Mario Lanza and hits like Malafemmena by Toto, Indeferentimente by Mario Trevi, Carmela by Sergio Bruni and even a songbook by Andrea Bocelli.
Advance notices say Lalala Napoli are already well on their way to immortality. And by freely injecting Central European gypsy folk, Balkan madness and other sounds from around the Mediterranean into their mix they go full-blast in raising the genre from its slumber and they hot-wire new verve and ideas into the traditional Tarantella. Live their hot blooded compositions inspire delirious, round-and-round-we-go dancing that will rush the blood to your head and which in turn are inspired by their interpretations of Canzone Napoletana with a dash of rock fever tossed in raising it all to new insane levels.
Their album from 2015 is «Amore Sole Libertad» (Love Sun Freedom) and those three words and the songs will seduce you to participate in a way of life and culture different from the usual everyday slog further north. Listening to it could be like spreading out a handkerchief and sitting down on bench near the Mediterranean opening a bottle of Greco di Tufo and looking out to the heartbreakingly beautiful bay of Naples. That is if you can keep your feet still.