Elisa is the first single by La Porta Nuova. The four-song set begins with the song Elisa which, uniquely on the single, has a mixture of English and Italian lyrics. Come Back is a rock song in the mode of the ‘gothic’ side of William Jones’ old band Friends, and is about an obsessive, controlling man who loses the other person in his life. The Party’s Over is about a typical Saturday-night event, but many of the lines in the lyrics allude to the effects on the environment of our having a good time and ignoring the warning signs. Going Under was inspired by the attempted staged disappearance of a British politician in the 1970s, transposed to the situation of a young man who loses his business and home and decides to vanish. Near the end it includes a lyrical and musical reference to Friends’ most popular song, You’ll Never See That Summertime Again.
Produced by La Porta Nuova
Engineered by Alessandro Ciola at Imagina Studios, Turin, 25-27 February 2022
Mixed and mastered by John Spence at Fairview Studios, Hull
Photograph by Valerio Minato