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About Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

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 and slowcore of the time, Cantu-Ledesma co-founded the highly influential instrumental act Tarentel as well as working with experimental rock trio the Alps and running the well-respected drone/ambient label Root Strata. Prolific in collaboration, Cantu-Ledesma created work with Grouper's Liz Harris in a duo called Raum as well as with filmmaker Paul Clipson and in Alexis Georgopoulos' ARP project. For a short time he worked solo under the name Colophon, as well as releasing music under his own name. A more official solo debut came in 2010 with the beautifully damaged shoegaze tones of Love Is a Stream, released on Type Records. Some copies of the record included the companion EP Love Is a Dream, featuring collaborations between Cantu-Ledesma and Type founder John Twells' Xela project.

Following several years' worth of limited cassette and vinyl releases, a proper follow-up came in 2015 with A Year with 13 Moons. Named after a Fassbinder film, the collection of dreamy guitar textures, modular synth noise, and distant drum-machine rhythms was put together during a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. The album was released early that year on Mexican Summer. In 2016, Shelter Press released Comme un Seul Narcisse, a collaborative LP by Cantu-Ledesma and Félicia Atkinson (aka Je Suis le Petit Chevalier), and Geographic North released Cantu-Ledesma's solo cassette In Summer. Also that year, the Czech label Pre-Echo issued vinyl editions of Songs of Remembrance and Songs of Forgiveness, two previously cassette-only albums from 2014. In 2017, he returned to Mexican Summer with On the Echoing Green, a clearer, more accessible album than his previous efforts. ~ Fred Thomas

San Francisco , CA

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