Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns next month with his third long player for Mexican Summer, Tracing Back the Radiance. The new work finds him in the company of some AD favorites such as harpist Mary Lattimore and pedal steel wizard Chuck Johnson, along with a great many more collaborators.
While Cantu-Ledesma’s previous outing, 2017’s On the Echoing Green, found him mining a brutal new wave of blistering shoegaze, the first taste from this new record—“Joy”—resides in a deeply more ambient and tranquil atmosphere.
Patient hums of vibraphone, harp, synthesizer, and sax set the tone: a serene and contemplative landscape. Furniture music to watch the world go by. / c depasquale