Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
A Year With 13 Moons


3.3
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
February 10th, 2015 | 58 replies


Release Date: 02/10/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: June in my backyard

The cover of A Year With 13 Moons, the newest offering from drone mainstay Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, is unassuming. Strokes of colour adorn the otherwise plain backdrop, perhaps resulting from a frustrating outburst of emotions. The random squiggles display nonlinear thought patterns, while the colours represent conflicting mindsets. Between it all is empty space, allowing room for emotions constantly in flux. As opener “The Last Time I Saw Your Face” takes form, this analogy becomes more thematic as 13 Moons is, ultimately, an ‘empty’ work, bearing signs of incompletion. I mean that not in its composition, but in whatever experiences underpin the forty-minute piece, as Cantu-Ledesma seems to draw from personal shortcomings. The album alludes to a failed relationship and various problems riding in its wake. For anyone who’s experienced the end of a long-term bond, it’s not difficult to see Jefre’s angle: when relationship A fails, the question of ‘will I ever be happy again"’ invades our thoughts until relationship B (the rebound) interrupts them, though perhaps only temporarily. The result is often a false happiness, rife with frail self-assurances and avoidance.

The pairing of the opener with follow-up “Love After Love” illustrates this poignantly. “The Last Time I Saw Your Face” is largely peaceful, obliviously so, hinging on swelling, nostalgic drones. As it progresses, concrète noises introduce a theme of artificiality, and Jefre is pulled back to reality in a state of questioning that he struggles to drown out with lush textures. When the song winds down, pulsing sub-bass bears the markings of contemplation, as Jefre sobers up, growing anxious. “Love After Love” begins with harsh feedback and disjointed hums which blossom into full-bodied soundscapes, though the mechanical background noises suggest feigned happiness; it all feels very put on, as it should. As the narrative of 13 Moons presses onward it grows nonlinear, resembling scattered, dream-like sequences which form an unnervingly beautiful photo album. Many tracks are titled esoterically, bearing meaning only to Cantu-Ledesma himself, serving as postcards to places he remembers upon reciting his past - such as “Agate Beach” or “Along the Isar”. As the recordings unfold, one might draw a loose comparison with The Matrix: the question of whether or not artificial happiness is worth it if you’re oblivious to the facade. When “At the End of Spring" (comforting and blissful) and “Remains” (harsh and despondent) close the album respectively, it’s anyone’s guess where Cantu-Ledesma stands on the matter, or if he yearns for amnesia.

The forgetfulness of 13 Moons strikes me as a breakup that’s both ideal and realistic in its inevitability. It’s introspective, jarring, often ambivalent, and fleeting; I say that as a partial compliment. While it’s likely the result of heartbreak, Jefre has found peace - an artificial, discordant one, but peace nonetheless. As the album concludes, the flashbacks seem to swirl together, bearing as much consequence as a puff of smoke. I like that.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 9th 2015


6709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

http://www.mexicansummer.com/shop/jefre-cantu-ledesma-a-year-with-13-moons/

can listen to "pale flower" here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6YW7XJHt6g

thx Gyro for the proofread

Observer
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2015


6824 Comments


Dude nice.

Ryus
February 9th 2015


17679 Comments


damn i was gonna review this! haha but i love how you summed this up, you did it much better than i would have :]

metalheadrunner
February 9th 2015


343 Comments


Very strong review, pos!

iamamanfromspace
February 9th 2015


1030 Comments


Oh cool this is a new one by him... will have to check

Nice review of course!

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
February 9th 2015


6709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

thx guys

Ryus
February 9th 2015


17679 Comments


really diggin this one

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 9th 2015


43287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ye

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eternium
February 10th 2015


16354 Comments


This is incredible. Best since Love is a Stream.

CaptainDooRight
February 10th 2015


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

marked

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HalcyonMusic
February 10th 2015


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What a senseless neg.

oltnabrick
February 10th 2015


36920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best since Love is a Stream.
Devotion is better (unless your only counting full lengths)

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Phlegm
February 10th 2015


7248 Comments


can't wait to listen to this once i have slsk back up and running

the samples sound gorgeous

also olt is correct (obJectively~)

iamamanfromspace
February 10th 2015


1030 Comments


Love is a DREAM tho

iamamanfromspace
February 10th 2015


1030 Comments


really enjoying this one on first listen

ShitsofRain
February 10th 2015


8144 Comments


future contributor

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Gyromania
February 10th 2015


27528 Comments


great work. i like the edits

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JamieTwort
February 10th 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard this yet, prob gonna order the vinyl release tomorrow.



Great job on the review.

Cygnatti
February 10th 2015


32824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Top 5 dis year yea

JamieTwort
February 10th 2015


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^nice dig.



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