Just when you thought the wildly eclectic Mike Patton couldn’t expand his horizons any further, continue to unlearn what you know about the Faith No More singer with this 1968 Italian pop song called “Deep Down.” Listen to its lush orchestration and earnest delivery that displays Patton’s truly gifted vocals. The man’s not doing something bizarre to push boundries; he’s singing a song he loves.
The song comes from his 2010 album called ‘Mondo Cane,’ a collection of 1950s and 1960s Italian pop songs he covers with the backing of a full orchestra. Patton has a home in Italy and since living there has become fluent in the language (he already knew Spanish and Portuguese) and sought to cover songs of his adopted homeland. This particular track was written by legendary film composer Ennio Morricone for the film Danger: Diabolik. For the majority of the song the mood is breezy and relaxed, with few hints of Patton’s darker side, yet near the end of the track the way he chants in a deep voice “deep, deep down,” is slightly unsettling, assuring listeners, yes this is still the same Mike Patton that gave you nightmares on Fantômas’ gruesome ‘Delìrium Còrdia.’ Regardless, enjoy this song for what it is: a fun revival of a classic pop song that transcends any language barriers.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer