"Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Llyrìa" - "Llyrìa" is the third ECM album from Nick Bärtsch's Ronin, following on and also departing from directions established with "Stoa" (2005) and "Holon" (2008). When Holon was issued, composer-pianist Bärtsch likened the linked-mind interplay inside his unique group to a school of fish moving across a coral reef with lightning speed, and the title of his new album is another marine metaphor. The llyrìa is a recently-discovered luminescent denizen of the deep, a creature so odd that biologists are unsure how to classify it. But deep down in the abyss, where the pressure is immense, it floats nimbly, with a cool poetic grace. Bärtsch enjoys the image: a near-neighbour on this planet about whom we know so little. Compositions can evolve strangely, too, he points out. With this in mind Ronin keeps casting its nets in the same ocean, finding forms that defy expectations immediately or manifest their mutations slowly.