Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Love is a Stream


4.0
excellent

Review

by HSThomas USER (33 Reviews)
December 7th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does what it says on the album cover.

It’s not often it happens but the lurid cover of Love Is Like A Stream is an exact representation of the sound; a fuzzed-out wall of colourful noise that envelopes the listeners in its grandiosity. The influences are apparent from the get-go; My Bloody Valentine, Jefre’s band Yellow Swans and a veritable checklist of other essential noise, shoegaze and ambient bands. Base comparisons to contemporaries such as Tim Hecker, Gimu and Belong are also valid to a certain extent. However base comparison are where they end, Ledesma’s work is far more abrasive, primal and, crucially, human.

Its main difference lies in the core structure of the songs throughout. The title of the album, Love Is A Like A Stream becomes a motif based around the way the album is sequenced, how the songs are structured and how it enters the listener’s ears; a very abrasive, constantly moving and consistently flowing body of water. Ledesma relies on careful layering and simple structural techniques such as the occasional break or loud/quiet dynamics to direct the course of the music rather than artful sculpting. This simplicity is what sets him apart from his contemporaries and is something of a breath of fresh air as the equally simplistic themes of loves and loss are translated well into the music. There is actually something tangible and relatable amidst all the distortion rather than just beautiful but rather sterile cathedrals of white noise that Hecker is known for. This makes for a far more consistent and enjoyable listen than many of Ledesma’s contemporaries. On the flipside the lack of ambition to push the scope further prevents there from being any true highlight like ‘You Never Lose, Never Really’ on this album. Consequently this a consistent and overall excellent effort but the lack of that extra spice stops it from being pushed into the realms of the classic.

Recommended tracks
Where I End & You Begin
Womb Night
Staind Glass Body



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HSThomas
December 7th 2012


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did this one on the fly. Con crit welcome as always.

Zettel
December 7th 2012


605 Comments


On the fly? Still, great review. I am not that much into noise/drone artists, but on occasion I enjoy some of it. This looks promising. I see this one went overlooked on 2010.

HSThomas
December 7th 2012


668 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers dude, thought you'd exited left from Sputnik. Yeah wrote all of it while I was coming back from work on the train, put it on the computer, corrected some bits and then shabbing shabbang, review is up on Sputnikmusic and yeah this is really worth checking out. Beautiful album.

Zettel
December 7th 2012


605 Comments


I am starting to believe that the best reviews are the ones that come in the spur of the moment. Not talking about in-depth, essay-like reviews, but reviews that summarize what an album is about and are informative for the potential listener.

I kinda left Sputnik, I just will not be writing reviews anymore.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2012


3563 Comments


Nice review man, it's nice to see something that's only two paragraphs but still conveys everything you need - being concise is something I really have to work on. Have a pos.

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eternium
December 7th 2012


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album from this year is also great.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 7th 2012


4507 Comments


I ♥ U Jefre

ShitsofRain
August 23rd 2013


5962 Comments


I also love this one

ShitsofRain
February 21st 2014


5962 Comments


this

Rhyme
April 2nd 2014


1210 Comments


shoegazey ambient mmmm

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Phlegm
August 15th 2014


5644 Comments


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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RiffOClock
August 15th 2014


1051 Comments


so good

ShitsofRain
August 15th 2014


5962 Comments


riff u know other albums like this one

RiffOClock
August 15th 2014


1051 Comments


shoegazy noise-bient?

ShitsofRain
August 15th 2014


5962 Comments


when it sounds like love yes

Keyblade
August 15th 2014


15507 Comments


Dude try Lovesliescrushing. Though they're nowhere near as noisy as Jefre

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RiffOClock
August 15th 2014


1051 Comments


try these

belong - october language
mirroring - foreign body
windy & carl - drawing of sound
saaad's back catalog (EPs)
summons of shining ruins' back catalog

all fairly easy to get

Keyblade
August 15th 2014


15507 Comments


Agreed hard on October Language, Drawing of Sound and Saaad (especially raincoats). I would add Higuma - Pacific Fog Dreams (the dude from Barn Owl's project and released on Jefre's label). Really blissful, but can get noisy at times as well

oltnabrick
December 12th 2014


31701 Comments


stoked for the new album next year



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