Stratus Luna: Stratus LunaBy
The quartet's textural and layered tactics are consummated with flourishing keys and guitar-based sound designs, along with memorable hooks, regal motifs and EFX-based wordless vocal chants. Add Gustavo Santhiago's bursting synth notes, symphonic overtures and guitarist Ricardo Santhiago's multi-purposed line of attack via contrapuntal choruses and the rhythm section's solid pulse and you may sense an ambit of storytelling-like attributes.
"O Centro do Labirinto" is engineered with the guitarist's yearning wah-wah lines, supported by punchy grooves and melodramatic mellotron-induced treatments, segueing into tangy guitar phrasings, ostinato licks and a building block approach. And there are a few nods to classic Yes. Moreover, "Zarabatana" is accentuated with an up-tempo and memorable melodic theme, featuring Gustavo Santhiago's swirling organ patterns as his counterpart paints the harmonious and ascending momentum with colorific sitar guitar riffs.
The keyboardist broadcasts a medieval flute passage atop echoing guitar chords on the manifold piece "Onírica" as they close the program with a hybrid lullaby-rocker, "Efêmera." It's quite evident that these young stalwarts took great care developing these endearing pieces without sounding totally derivative. Instead they t exploit more of the cherished components of this long-running genre with a personalized spin.
Nimue; O Centro do Labirinto; Zarabatana; Pandas Voadores; NREM-1; Onírica; Efêmera.
Ricardo Santhiago: guits/lap steel; Gustavo Santhiago: keys/flute; Gabriel Golfetti: bass; Giovanni Lenti: drums.
Title: Stratus Luna | Year Released: 2019 | Record Label: Self Produced