Je­fre Cantu-Ledesma On The Echo­ing Green

Mex­i­can Sum­mer

Future Music - - ALBUM REVIEWS -

Pro­lific San Francisco-based multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Je­fre Cantu-Ledesma un­veils the most colour­ful and pop­cen­tric al­bum of his ca­reer so far. The revered am­bi­ent sound ex­plorer de­liv­ers an al­bum that’s bristling with joy, ela­tion and bright colours, but con­structed through his typ­i­cally hazy and dis­tant sound. His dam­aged, bro­ken shoegaze sound com­bines spacy in­die rock, drone and ex­per­i­men­tal elec­tronic sounds to cre­ate a densely lay­ered, richly tex­tured sound­scape. Hazy gui­tars, woozy synths, waft­ing melodies, and plenty of tape fuzz glide over mod­u­lar synth noises and dis­tant drum ma­chine rhythms. The way the for­ward-think­ing pro­ducer man­ages to let real beauty and fragility seep through the wall of sound and fil­ter through the in­dus­trial drone is tes­ta­ment to his ex­quis­ite com­po­si­tion skills. Drenched in re­verb, echoes and de­lay-heavy tex­tures, On The Echo­ing Green still has plenty of Cantu-Ledesma’s wist­ful melan­choly, but this time man­ages to erupt with fer­vent pos­i­tiv­ity, joy and light. The en­tire al­bum is full of in­tense emo­tions, adding a ro­man­tic, nos­tal­gic feel to the heady, dreamy at­mos­phere that pre­vails. This gives the record a truly in­ti­mate and per­sonal aes­thetic that pulls you closer into the cosy, padded sur­round­ings of Cantu-Ledesma’s ethe­real world. A wind­ing, al­most form­less ex­panse of sound float­ing free of time and space, On The Echo­ing Green en­gages with a process of dis­con­nect­ing in or­der to help you con­nect on a deeper level. Full of warmth, beau­ti­ful colour and a fas­ci­nat­ingly ex­per­i­men­tal spirit, this is a sublime al­bum from a prodi­giously tal­ented artist. Tom Jones


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