Shapiro's Dance-y 'Romance' Heading To U.S.
Swedish dance-pop sensation Sally Shapiro's debut album, "Disco Romance," will finally hit the U.S. Oct. 30 via Paper Bag Records.Swedish dance-pop sensation Sally Shapiro's debut album, "Disco Romance," will finally hit the U.S. Oct. 30 via Paper Bag Records. The North American version features three new cuts and an extended version of her dance hit "I'll Be By Your Side." The album was written and produced by Shapiro's co-worker turned co-musician Johan Agebjorn.
Shapiro is very shy, to the point that she wasn't able to sing with anybody else in the studio. "Johan always goes out and does something when I sing," she tells Billboard.com. "During the summer, he mowed the lawn."
As far as actually creating the music, "It always begins with Johan making an instrumental demo version that he presents to me, then I usually have something to say about it, sometimes resulting in him reworking the track," Shapiro says.
"I wanted to create something nostalgic, something that would remind me and the listeners about the Italo-disco music of the '80s. But I also wanted to express a feeling of melancholy and hope," Agebjorn says of his ideals for "Disco Romance."
Agebjorn admits creating music for Shapiro is a "weird experiment," as he says his interest in electronic music falls more in the "ambient" vein of Future Sound Of London and the KLF. But in the 10 years since he discovered those artists, his interests shifted. "My favorite producers in the Italo-disco genre are the Nicolosi brothers, who were responsible for the Valerie Dore hits. Actually, the original attempt was to recreate that sound as close as possible," he explains.
Although dance-pop acts such as St. Etienne and Annie have enjoyed indie success over the years, both Shapiro and Agebjorn have been rather shocked with the reaction "Disco Romance" has received. "This is a musical genre that died 20 years ago, so we were very surprised that so many people were open to listening to this," Shapiro says.