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Tracing Back the Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Tracing Back the Radiance

Release Date: Jul 12, 2019

Genre(s): Electronic, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Experimental Rock, Experimental Ambient, Experimental Electronic

Record label: Mexican Summer


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Album Review: Tracing Back the Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Excellent, Based on 3 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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Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Having brought along a cast of incredibly talented and exploratory musicians, veteran ambient musician Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns to the Mexican Summer label with a subdued, introspective and leisurely paced vengeance — a warm-hued serenity, glowing with harmonic radiance.   Ledesma lays down vibraphone tones, while his accompanists weave in flute (Forma's John Also Bennett), harp (Marilu Donavan and Mary Lattimore), synth (Gregg Kowalsky and Fly Pan Am's Roger Tellier Craig), piano (David Moore) and other instruments.  A ….

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