Italo Disco revivalists Bunny X have teamed up with the legendary Fred Ventura for the colorfully exquisite “Words,” which premieres here today. The cut is a galactic blast of classic minimal Italo with a modern finish.
“Mary Hanley and I were honored to work with Fred,” says Abigail Gordon, one-half of Bunny X, “and we couldn’t have done this without our longtime producer, Conrad Kaneshiro. It was a long time in the making and we’re thrilled that it all came together.”
The cut showcases the best of the economical approach to composition and arrangement that was a hallmark of Italo Disco in the 1980s. The vocal blend of Gordon, Hanley, and Ventura soars into the heavens as they sing about not having the words to get a relationship beyond the abstract.
Ventura is a pioneer of the genre, releasing a string of classics in the ’80s, including “Years (Go By),” “Wind of Change,” and “Leave Me Alone,” whose arpeggiated joviality “Words” recalls markedly. For more information on Ventura — about his past, his work with Italians Do It Better and Sally Shapiro, and more — check out this Vehlinggo interview from 2015. In recent years he’s been involved in projects such as Italoconnection with Paolo Gozzetti. Bordello A Parigi is releasing his Dancing Alone: Demo Tapes From The Vaults 1982-1984 LP soon.