17 July 2017

Sound of the Summer

To celebrate LOEWE’s revival collection with Paula’s Ibiza Boutique and the third edition of its annual summer shop in the island’s Museu d’Art Contemporani, the Spanish brand have released Close to Paradise. The specially produced summer soundtrack aims to transport listeners back to the island’s most wildly hedonist nights in the ‘70s and ‘80s with an escalating tempo narrated by four local characters, providing unique perspectives on the island’s esoteric allure.

The track's rhythm-inducing beats come courtesy of multi-talented band slash DJs Soulwax with additional sound direction by Michel Gaubert, who wove narration from four local Ibiza residents into the track. Gaubert already has sturdy ties in fashion as a long-term Karl Lagerfeld collaborator who's also worked with everyone from Balenciaga to Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander. “David and Stephen Dewaele are two culture vultures and they have an amazing knowledge of Ibiza, its people and its place in the music world, it seemed logical to ask them to collaborate on this project,” said Michel Gaubert on the collab.

The graphic album artwork was created by Ill-Studio and the limited edition record will be released in joint collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and DEEWEE (Soulwax’s label). Close to Paradise is also a 12-chapter digital publication featuring 12 iconic places and 16 prominent personalities that have each left an indelible mark on the island. It’s been illustrated with specially sourced vintage photography from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and features embedded audio interviews with everyone from Italian go-go dancer Anna Maria to Pacha founder Ricardo Urgell, and from legendary hotelier Tony Pike to a colourful cast of hippies, heavyweights and hospitable Ibicencos.

Loewe’s presence on the Spanish party island of Ibiza is growing. The house has hosted an annual summer shop for three years running in the Museu d’Art Contemporani and, new for 2017, it’s also launched a revival collection with cult boutique Paula’s Ibiza. The track contains both an A and B-side and is available to buy on vinyl record now from Dee Wee Studio and The Vinyl Factory. Digital listeners can also download both sides for free on iTunes or add the song to their Soundcloud playlist. 

Take a listen to both sides of Close to Paradise here—if you close your eyes, you can almost feel the Baleric sea breeze whipping through your hair as you party, light-headed, until dawn. Almost.