Ronin is the quartet of guitarist/composer Bruno Dorella. With a few guests the Italian has recorded an album whose music you can well imagine to a surrealistic Western or David Lynch flick, but also just enjoy with a glass of wine. The opener "Spade", a wonderfully restrained country psychedelic, lets Staubteufel dance to a guitar duet in waltz time. At first it remains countryesque, but with "Benevento" it becomes much more lively and with "Selce" meditative. The next highlight is the thoughtful "Fenice", which comes up with Nicola Manza's violin towards the end. The only piece with vocals is the cover version of Ervin Drake's "It Was A Very Good Year, masterfully interpreted by Emma Tricca and propelled by a mystically sounding electric organ, played by Dorella's father Umberto. "Gentlemen Only reminds me of Bourée. Nord" is the most impressive with its dark guitar arpeggios and wind-like sounds. "Fenice" offers a grey shimmering head cinema, which gains more sharpness with each listening passage.
Top track: North