Guano Padano’s 2 is a classic pastiche that paints a vivid picture of the American West as viewed by Italy.
Review by Daniel del Ben
Italian trio Guano Padano’s music would serve well as a score to a Quentin Tarantino film (aside from the fact that Tarantino literally never uses any original music). They use a seamless amalgamation of Americana. Although their biggest influence is arguably Morricone’s Spaghetti Westerns, 2 is also filled with country, surf, and jazz.
There’s a lot that reminds me of Secret Chiefs 3′s satellite band the Traditionalists. I know that’s a fairly esoteric comparison, but if you understand what I mean this is definitely an album you want to check out.
The album is nearly all instrumental save “Prairie Fire,” which features vocals by Mike Patton. It’s a pretty cool song and Patton fans should enjoy it, but I don’t think it really fits the rest of the album. But whatever. Really it’s fine. Watch the video below.
The other guest appearance is by Marc Ribot (most known for his studio work with John Zorn, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) who lends surf guitars on “Miss Chan.” All in all, 2 is a classic pastiche that paints a vivid picture of the American West as viewed by Italy.
Guano Padano 2 is out now. Visit http://www.guanopadano.com/