Ronin to release new album Fenice and perform one off London show

9 Jan


A phoenix that rises from its own ashes is exactly the effect that Ronin invokes now, two years after L’Ulitmo Re”, having renovated its structure and its aims. Even if Bruno Dorella is once again the driving force of the new album, tribute should still be paid to the other conspirators who officially make up the quartet. Musicians of proven talent and international renown such as Nicola Ratti – the second guitarist and the experimental soul of the band who has to his name an enviable solo discography of albums released on prestigious European labels the likes of Anticipate Recordings (part of the Kompakt group) and the Italian label Die Schactel. Specializing in ambient-drone, Ratti colors the original tracks with decisive brushwork.


The album’s opening triptych – “Spade”, Benvenuto” and “Selce” – is a pure mix of country-pyschedelic, almost as if the soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s masterpiece “El Topo” had been played by Ry Cooder. We then come to the partially renewed rhythym section composed of Chet Martino (Quasiviri) on bass and on drums the new entry Paolo Mongardi,

an eclectic figure of the Italian music scene who has ranged the spectrum from the pyschedelia of Jennifer Gentle to the explosive math-rock of Zeus!, all the way through to pop-songwriter Il Genio. The ups and downs of “Jambiya” are the album’s ideal turning point. They seem to strike the chords of Sir Richard Bishops and his Sun City Girls (but even the mystic ones of Secret Chief 3’s Trey Spruance) in this western dance which soars into a downtown New York Morriconeian jazz noir thanks to Enrico Gabrielli’s piano.


They touch upon a perfect calm with the chords in “Fenice” where Nicola Manzan’s violin takes on a descripitve and melancholic tone: a prelude to the transversal homage to par excellence crooners such as Frank Sinatra. The spleen of lyricist and arranger Ervin Drake’s “It Was A Very Good Year” is a sort of watershed being the only track on the album containing vocals, masterfully sung by the “exported” Emma Tricca, an almost Lynch-esque retaliation articulated by the mystic electric organ chords played by Bruno’s father, Umberto Dorella. We swing into “Getleman Only” and take the path of electro-acoustic embroidery on carpets of drone with the whispered intro to “Nord”, underlining the band’s artistic ability to catch even the most maniacal audiophile off-guard. When “Conjure Men” ushers us out as the album’s closing piece we are left with a feeling in our hearts of having taken part in a performance. The horns of Gabrielli (flute and sax), Raffaele Kohler (trumpet) and Luciano Macchia (trombone) are an orchestration of the highest nobility that creates an effective finale, an epilogue to a triumphant march.


The band will be performing a one-off show with Petrels at the Vortex in London on 23 January 2012. More details below:


Ronin: The tense nighttime soundtrack to the wild desert expanses of the USA, by four serious men from Italy. Lead by Bruno Dorella, an influential figure in underground Italian music. He runs the label Bar La Muerte, and is half of avant-metal weirdos Ovo. Promoters are extremely excited to present this one off performance in London in support of their new album.


Petrels:Warm cello tones give way to waves of static and crisp, fractured techno. In 2011 artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Oli Barrett (who plays in Bleeding Heart Narrative) created an exceptional album as Petrels. We hear elements of Leyland Kirby, Fennesz and Godspeed.


£6 in advance / £8 on the door


The Vortex

11 Gillett Square,

London N16 8AZ


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