I’m Looking For You
I’m Looking For You (Instrumental)
Ghibli is the solo project of musician, producer, and vocalist Alberto Garbelli, from Milan, Italy. At the age of 23, while reading a comic book, he encountered the word Ghibli, which is the name of the wind of the North African desert – and also a Maserati car model. Inspired by Klaus Nomi and Nina Hagen, he began to sing in an operatic fashion. During this time Alberto would frequent the local discotheques. Watching the unique mix of performers and dancers, Alberto lost his inhibitions and was inspired to become an artist.
“I’m Looking For You”, the debut single from Ghibli, was released on Durium Records in 1985. The song features Roland synthesizers and Linn Drum machine punctuated by Yamaha DX-7 chimes/bells. The lyrics focus on the perpetual search for the perfect lover. What many think are female backup vocals is, in fact, Alberto’s falsetto voice. On the B-side is a shorter instrumental version, stripped down to an ominous chant, making for a more driving track. “I’m Looking For You” was mixed by producer and musician Tony Carrasco, one of the DJs at Studio 54 in New York, who initially took Alberto into the studio to record.
All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Housed in an exact replica of the original jacket, which features a portrait of Alberto in a suit and bowtie. Each copy includes a postcard with lyrics and notes, plus a bookmark with the hand-drawn Ghibli font.