ANS 1979 / Pharaway Sounds 2015
Soft parade, or ex-COSMIC DEALER bassist’s delicate debut under his own name.
Deep into dedication, Dutchman Santoro’s first solo record gently detaches him from the psych-prog panel where Angelo could be found in the ’60s. But one would be hard pressed to tell that epoch was gone by 1979, when the artist self-released this LP that, save for the funny cover, is drenched in hippie vibe with a Latinesque lining. Boasting a cult status now, thanks to fans such as Jello Biafra, “For You” – both the album and its 11-minute title track, with a four-strings to the fore – is an inspired adventure driven by flute, and the full instrumental cycle is a multi-layered delight.
The main man weaving his hefty bass around the bossa-boiling drums and Steven Bishop’s daring woodwind, opener “Tapajos” lays out the landscape from the off, yet serenity doesn’t dwell here, and “Theme From?” rides its tight twang into the cinematic sunset with glimpses of fusion on the horizon. Jazz tones and tender funk pour anxiousness into the klezmer dance of “Odessa Part 1” which is stoked by the reeds and electric guitar unison, whereas “Arroz Cubano” finds the charged six strings melding rumba to surf rock in a filigree technique. The result is rather arresting, or rather welcoming for a new spin of pleasure: that’s the quiet dedication.