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On The Echo­ing Green MEX­i­CAN SUM­MEr 7/10 Not-just-shoegaze on San Fran­cisco-born gui­tarist’s lat­est For all its claims to depth and sen­sual tex­tur­ol­ogy, shoegaze can some­times feel a cu­ri­ously in­ert, weight­less phe­nom­e­non: at its worst, the prov­ince of sim­ple in­die-pop songs drenched in de­lay, fogged by a haze of re­verb and cho­rus. On The Echo­ing Green will get tram­pled un­der the foot of shoegaze, and there are some mo­ments here that are merely shoegaz­ing re­vis­ited. But more often than not, Cantu-Ledesma’s back­ground in more avant-garde prac­tices helps shake things up, such that the waves of amor­phous gui­tar drone and Cocteaus droplets of melody bang heads with heav­ing noise and un­ex­pected in­ci­dent.

Sign­ing off: Glen Camp­bell

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