At the start of last summer, a friend introduced me to the mellifluous music of the Italian singer-poet, Bruno Lauzi. I was instantly captivated by his commanding voice, emotive lyrics and stylistic versatility. The inclusion of Lauzi into my music library inspired a deeper inquiry into the catalogue of popular Italian music in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

While going through the salient singers and songs of those decades, I discovered the catalogue of a former bandmate of Lauzi’s called Luigi Tenco. His impassioned performances, laconic lyrics and brooding demeanour on stage turned this shy and sincere songwriter into a romantic icon.