Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - In Summer
Father figure of drone-pop dreams, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma charts familiar mnemonic territory with In Summer, in its sprawled, shoegaze expressionism.
Presented by excellent imprint Psychic Troubles, and with bass-playing by label boss Drew Piraino, In Summer opens with the “Love’s Refrain”, the buckling sunburst of washed out guitar noise and a warm, languid repeated bassline. “Little Dear Isle” is a more minimal afterthought, crunching earth underfoot and bird-chirps overhead, shrouded in rippling atmosphere.
“In Summer” is a formless and bass-less upsurge, and bass and echoing drums are re-introduced in the glacial pop of “Blue Nudes (I-V).” Finally, “Prelude” presents snippets of domestic activity - fragment of human voice, clinking glasses, snuffling dog, absent-minded piano playing and finally, just unfiltered sound.