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ANIMAM

Gustavo Santhiago

 

Symphonic Prog

4.02 | 97 ratings

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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 "┴nimam" (the one that opens and closes the album), appears in different ways through the album and is very touching. "Ilus§es" (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!

Wakefan | 5/5 |

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