The band results from the union of many approaches and styles, thus enriching Diodati’s originals with a timbric range and countless expressive possibilities. The opening track, Split, is all about the moment you feel split in two. A division here translated in music through both Lento’s anxious trumpet and Benedetti’s nervous tuba. The long ostinato in the ballad Ale holds the immanence of a feeling that mixes up strength and tenderness. And then Lost comes, and Diodati’s subtle guitar swarms express a sense of confusion and loss, sealed by an intensely acoustic final moment.
Believe is a teeter-totter of moods. It starts as a game, the piano being playfully disturbed by Burmese gongs and ping-pong balls, helped by Morello’s clean drumming, and then it opens up to fascinating harmonic choices and a sudden elegance.
Folk Song, Flow and Home are three compositions Diodati arguably wants to impress a stream of consciousness to. The first one is the ideal introduction, a minimal melody focused on an easy guitar line, strengthened by a no-frills approach. In Flow this turmoil founds its final shape, turning into an imaginary dialogue between trumpet and tuba, underlined by Morello’s nervous drumming. Home is the perfect union of lyricism and technique, highlighting Diodati’s inner melodic taste and, at the same time, the intention of defying the 6-string boundaries.
There is also a tribute to Thelonious Monk, Diodati’s musician of choice, here celebrated with a daring reinterpretation of Played Twice, which shows the interplay skills of this young yet wise quintet. The pensive last track Casa Do Amor is the happy landing of a restless path, magnificently reflected in Benedetti’s euphonium solo.