Creating sounds based in both patient ambient exploration, experimental clatter, and the textural expressiveness of shoegaze, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma applies his distinctive voice to a wide range of instrumental styles, from the distorted ambient haze of his 2010 debut Love Is a Stream to the slowed-down beats and tape experiments of 2015's A Year with 13 Moons. Along with solo work, Cantu-Ledesma collaborates frequently, bringing in a host of contributors on his 2019 high-water mark album Tracing Back the Radiance, and working with like-minded musician Ilyas Ahmed on the 2021 joint effort You Can See Your Own Way Out. Born and raised in Texas, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma delved into abstract music around the same time he was studying sculpture and visual arts in San Francisco in the mid-'90s. Developing an ambient approach to the spacy indie rock ...
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