Boomkat Product Review:
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s explorations into gritty dream pop are turned up to eleven here on this re-issue of the extremely limited EN/OF album ‘Visiting This World’. The gorgeous sun-bleached romanticism that made ‘Love is a Stream’ so darned addictive is still present, but is jammed into a dense haze of brick-wall noise you would probably more readily associate with the Mego label. This works wonders for Jefre’s sound, and proves he is an artist who refuses to stay still for a second – the hints at classic My Bloody Valentine and Ride are hiding somewhere but for those of us who aren’t afraid to push the dials there’s a bit more grit too. The most obvious reference point might be the more gloriously transcendent moments of Fennesz, but Jefre is an artist who is decidedly working at his own pace, and in his own world. Jefre manages somehow to make even the most cacophonous blasts engaging, and drapes them with a lightness of touch that is rarely found in most music. There’s a lot of self-labelled ‘ambient’ music at the moment, and what sets ‘Visiting This World’ apart from the sea of lackluster records is simply heart – take a listen and you’ll get what we mean. Totally essential album.