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Gustavo is a Brazilian musician/composer that started to write his album "Animam" in 2011, the songs were finished in 2015, but the definitive recording was done in 2016. Gustavo plays keyboards, bass and flute with the help of Felipe SALVEGO, Ricardo SANTHIAGO on electric guitars, Ilan MILNER (bass), Giovanni LENTY and Gabriel COSTA on drums.

The music is in the 70s style of Symphonic Prog rock with beautiful melodies inspired by YES, PFM, and CAMEL. He add some ethnic and Jazz music to his sound. Also Gustavo is the keyboard player for the band STRATUS LUNA where the compositions are a collaboration work.

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 Animam by SANTHIAGO, GUSTAVO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 98 ratings

Gustavo Santhiago Symphonic Prog

Review by Chalcobalt

5 stars After experiencing this album before checking the artist background, I guessed on a Spanish guy in his fifties leading a band with an ample experience of performing progressive music. The prediction was completely off, and that says a lot about the musical maturity, quality and inspiration to this record. At an age of 17, this competent Brazilian talent played keyboards and flute while composing and producing the album more or less on his own. The style is 70s Camel-dominated, melodic and symphonic. Gustavo's instruments dominates an album that is varied, beautiful and enjoyable throughout. For me, it reaches its highest peak in the epic Illusoes and the catchy and elegant Arcadia. One may argue that Animam 2 contains a tad too much quiet depressing church organ at both ends, but it does not take much away from an enchanting and rather timeless music effort.
 Animam by SANTHIAGO, GUSTAVO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 98 ratings

Gustavo Santhiago Symphonic Prog

Review by Nikols

5 stars This album made a strong impression on me. It happens that already at the first listening you realize that listening to something really special. This is not very often. And my acquaintance with the album "Ánimam" this is such a case.

Surprisingly, however, the author of this music, Gustavo Santhiago, only 17 years old! And already such a strong material! On his debut album, Gustavo demonstrates his talent as a composer, but also, to a large extent, and shows a high level of performance. All the keyboards and flute performed by Gustavo. And, more surprisingly, this young Brazilian is so imbued with the art-rock of the ' 70s, his album breathes the spirit of the time, and it can be safely put on a par with some of the best works of those years.

The album "Ánimam" is an exceptional instrumental work. Compositions rich in abundance of keyboards. I really like what Gustavo does not aim to impress with the demonstration of technique, and makes a significant emphasis on expressiveness and melodiousness. The album is very solid and listen in the same breath. Apparently, the author is under great influence of artists like Camel, Yes, Genesis and, of course, many other performers of art-rock. I'm sure most who appreciate retro-prog will love this wonderful album. I sincerely wish Gustavo success in work, and I hope to hear from him a lot of new works.

Great job!

 Animam by SANTHIAGO, GUSTAVO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.02 | 98 ratings

Gustavo Santhiago Symphonic Prog

Review by Wakefan

5 stars This is a unexpected release. A 17-year-old brazillian multi-instrumentalist releasing a independent album? Yes, it's worth hearing. Here's my opinion:

MUSIC - 5/5: The melodies are very, very, beautiful. From melancholic synths to upbeat recorders and epic string orchestra! Every song has a different feel and different influences. For example, in "Arcadia" a Bach's fugue style, played in recorder/harpsichord/synth give place to a groovy 70's rhodes style that later is followed by a electric guitar and double moog solo! The main theme from "Ánimam" (the one that opens and closes the album), appears in different ways through the album and is very touching. "Ilusőes" (Illusions) is my favourite piece and a true progressive masterpiece, with lots of psychedelic, indian, funky and symphonic influences merged with mastery. For me it contains the essence of the album.

CREATIVITY - 4/5: Many different instruments and styles are present that creates different atmospheres. Like the guitar-sitar, recorder, pipe-organ, lots of moog sounds and effects. The melodies and harmonies aren't that unique, but they're really pretty. I can't give 5/5 on "creativity" because it's very much based on the enormous 70's prog style. But it's surely richer than most recent releases.

PRODUCTION - 4/5: As the album was mixed by Gustavo himself, I believe it lacks a little bit of maturation. The overall sound is nice and balanced, based on the 70's mix style. I liked this idea for it sounds like a lost 70's gem, but not a copy of the prog giants, actually he has a nice personality.

5 star because it's the record I wanted to hear since Wilson's The Raven... The true progressive rock I love with it's own ideas and innovations. An essencial work: I'm sure his next albums will mark prog's history!

And it's free to listen in his website and youtube!

Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition.

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