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jefre cantu-ledesma - a year with 13 moons (cd)


ARTIST // jefre cantu-ledesma
LABEL // mexican summer (us)
CAT // mex198cd


On A Year With 13 Moons, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is hitting a new high. A companion to his last album Love is A Stream (Type, 2010), 13 Moons is a dense, swirling mass. Hypnotic guitar and drum performances coalesce with Modular synth squalls and otherworldly textures -- combining overdriven guitars, avant-garde composition with the informal approach of underground tape weirdos (like Robert Turman, K. Leimer) into a lovely brocade of harmony and dissonance.

The album was recorded during a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, which allowed Jefre the time and freedom to "let the music create itself in a way, to lead me rather than trying to force it down a path." Cantu was interested in ways of "conveying memory in music without being sentimental - translating the fog of images, people and places that [he'd] experienced in the last two years into a body of work that could still be ambiguous and leave space for the listener to enter."

Ledesma has released notable collaborations with Liz Harris (aka Grouper) as Raum, with Alexis Georgopoulos of Arp and The Alps, as well as filmmaker Paul Clipson. He also founded the influential label, Root Strata, who have released music by Oneohtrix Point Never, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and Grouper.

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