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Stratus Luna
(2019 - Music Magick/dist by Moonjune Records -  Brazil)

A young Brazilian all instrumental quartet, who run the gamut from beautiful ethnic world jazz, celestial touches, classic progressive rock (from many sources), and a crisscross of further explorations, create a well worth your time debut. With the opening cut, the clarity and tight instrumentation grabs your attention. The lead guitar work is especially inviting.

The compositions are concise, full of adventure, wandering from what sounds like influences from early Camel, The Blue Effect (Modry Efekt), Sebastian Hardie, Fermata, Tri Atma, Between, Focus, Ozric Tentacles, early Uriah Heep, Solution, early Pekka Pohjola, Quatermass, and much more. There certainly is a glee factor in each listener having their time picking out the many sounds of bands that you might be reminded of, as the count is large. Touches of middle eastern, traditional Brazilian  anglo-funk, nimble jazz rock, and a few nice surprises around the corner, describe the album nicely.

With this group being at the ages of 17, 18, 20, and 21 (two brothers, one cousin, and one best friend), the amount  of musical history they have encompassed, and the maturity in which they throw it all together, with their own recipe, is impressive. The members are Ricardo Santhiago - guitars/ Gustavo Santhiago - keys/ Gabriel Golfetti - bass/ and Giovanni Lenti - drums. This is a band that has the talent to make people keep watch for great things to come.

  ©Reviewed by Lee Henderson 5 - 18 - 2019 
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