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Gustavo Santaolalla


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Gustavo Santaolalla - Alma
@ the Studio - Meeting Gustavo Santaolalla
1 Alma
2 Vamos
3 Requiem
4 Cordon de Plata
5 Ella
6 The Maze
7 Parana
8 Wait and Then
9 Through the Rainwall
10 Joaillerie
11 The Journey
12 Seguir
13 Returning
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Gustavo Santaolalla'ssolo instrumental album Ronroco was a game-changer for the visionary artist when it was released in 1998. Camino, to be released by Sony Music Masterworks on July 8, is the long-awaited follow up to that album – a rich, beautifully crafted instrumental journey illuminating Santaolalla's unmistakable sound. Camino again features the Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer playing the ronroco, his signature 10-string Andean folk instrument similar to the charango, as well as other instruments that he has mastered including the guitar, guitarron, oud, cuatro, toba violin, and bouzouki. The album includes 12 new tracks, along with one of the featured tracks from Santaolalla's recent BAFTA Games-nominated soundtrack to Sony PlayStation's The Last of Us.

Caminois a creative work so personal that it reaches a spiritual level for Santaolalla. It evokes a similar minimalist mood, with plaintive folk-like melodies and dark acoustic textures woven throughout, combined with generous space for resonance and echo.

"Creating this album was a process of collecting music through the years and finding the pieces that I thought belonged together," Santaolalla says of the 16-year gap between Ronroco and Camino. "These are personal things that I did, but I never used: a kind of intimate album that I wrote and recorded for myself."

The album begins with "Alma," which means "soul" in Spanish. It is the oldest song included on Camino. "While coming back from Hawaii 15 years ago, I had my ronroco with me and wrote the song in the airport," Santaolalla recalls. He also uses pipes, which have long been a part of his sound, but it's the haunting melody on the ronroco that sets this song and album in motion.

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