Tracing Back the Radiance

Album Review of Tracing Back the Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.

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Tracing Back the Radiance

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Release Date: Jul 12, 2019
Record label: Mexican Summer
Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic

83 Music Critic Score
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Tracing Back the Radiance - Excellent, Based on 2 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 85
Based on rating 8.5/10

He is known for dabbling between rich textures and avant-garde performance, and Tracing Back does so in tranquil fashion. Here, its three, truly pared tracks are quite possibly his most gentle to date. Relying on slow-moving, ambient swell and chamber-pop touchstones, it's clear that Cantu-Ledesma's virtuosity is secured as Tracing Back is his most expansive work of thoughtful, still reverie yet.

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Pitchfork - 80
Based on rating 8.0/10

In the current gig economy, the job of "musician" feels more transitory and short-lived than ever. So it should come as no surprise that an experimental artist like Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returned to school a few years ago to further his education. He emerged with a Masters in Divinity in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement, which seems less like a new path than a deeply empathetic shift in approach.

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