This year Marco Mengoni maintained Italy’s Top 10 placings at Eurovision since their return to the contest in 2011. With the release of his new song/video “Non Passerai/You Shall Not Pass” – he is certainly one of – if not the – most popular artist in Italy at present.
His tour of the country is sold out at every venue and his album “Prontoacorrere” remains one of the best selling of the year in Italy. This is the third single to be taken from the #1 album. We love the video – which was shot in Paris. Marco (well we assume it is him) walks the streets of the French capital in disguise. This is one disguise that brings attention to yourself as opposed to making you blend into the background.
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As any self-conscious stalker will tell you, the best disguise is to wear a well-tailored Italian suit (check), a silver cardboard box over your head (check) and carry a giant heart and take pictures with the passersby (eh check I think). Yes this is the theme of Marco’s new video. Add to the equation that you create a wall of the photographs of the people you have met – and you have Mengoni’s new video – or the trailer to a Hollywood serial killer movie!
According to the director of the video Gary Morbioli – ” The protagonist is the Collector of love, strolling in the City of Lights with a big heart and a strange cardboard box on his head, He is accumulating souvenir photos of all the people he meets and stores the moment. ”
As for the song – another classic Mengoni trademark song. A mid tempo ballad with his raspy vocals, and lots of piano and guitars. This song has a wonderful climax that shows the light and shade in his vocals. Personally I would have submitted “Non Passerai” to Eurovision as it has a more instant appeal to it. Don’t get me wrong – I loved “L’essenziale” – but it took me several listens to the song to appreciate it. “Non Passerai” is just instant – instant appeal and instantly recognizable.
Above is a short Italian interview that Marco gave regarding his new song.
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : Corriere.it