Having spent time in both Tarentel and The Alps, not to mention co-founding RSTB favorite label Root Strata, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma already has enough high clout to gain instant praise around here; but add to that his solo work that drags My Bloody Valentine's shoegaze noise palette through Grouper's discordant haze and needless to say something special is happening. Love is a Stream starts with the noisiest growl of shoegaze feedback and uses it to slowly crumble the gauzy film of dream pop's fragile center. Then, just as his compositions begin to shape up as torrents of seismic clatter, they break into waves of shimmer that recall Fennesz and Tim Hecker at their most deafeningly gorgeous. This is certainly not a record for mass consumption, but for those with ears tuned to the right kind of universal vibration it's possible that little else will sound as beautiful this year.
[MP3] Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Stained Glass Body
[MP3] Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - River Like Spine
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