Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Love Is A Stream (2020 Edition)
Devotion
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2021
Includes Instant Download
LP (ltd.)
36.99
DLP01
Edition of 300 copies, letterpress and offset printed cover
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
Tracklist
1Stained Glass Body (2020 Remaster)5:30
2Star Garden (2020 Remaster)1:25
3Loving Love (2020 Remaster)4:49
4Where I End & You Begin (2020 Remaster)3:15
5Body Within Body (2020 Remaster)2:30
6Where You End & I Begin (2020 Remaster)5:15
7Orbiting Love / White Dwarf Butterfly (2020 Remaster)6:26
8Womb Night (2020 Remaster)1:04
9River Like Spine (2020 Remaster)4:55
10Wild Moon And Sea (2020 Remaster)5:00
11Mirrors Death (2020 Remaster)4:38

LOVE IS A STREAM :: 10 year anniversary edition. Remastered by Stephan Mathieu. Design by Farbod Kokabi.

Jefre Cantu on Guitar & Electronics. With Lisa McGee, John Twells, and Maxwell August Croy on vocals. Orginally released October, 2010 on TYPE records, UK.

From the original press release: As a member of San Francisco legends Tarentel and Type’s premier astral travellers The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is hardly a new addition to the label, so it’s hard to believe that ‘Love Is A Stream’ is his first Type solo album. Previously releasing on Arbor, Spekk and his own Root Strata imprint, this latest album marks his journey into the beautifully cacophonous world of dream pop. Shoegaze music has been much maligned in recent years, probably due to its rebirth and subsequent explosion of popularity (which gave rise to hundreds of young bands aping the over twenty-year-old sound). However it was only a fragment of the genre that these bands attempted to re-create, and on ‘Love Is A Stream’ Cantu, instead of focusing on tired weeping melancholy ballads, focuses solely on expansive, almost noise-ridden hopefulness. This is the kind of noise we fell in love with when My Bloody Valentine blew our ear drums performing ‘Loveless’, or the kind of harmonic excess we heard on hundredth listen to Catherine Wheel’s ‘Ferment’, but taken into deeper, more abstract realms. ‘Love Is A Stream’ is dedicated to love itself, and the dreamy, shimmering blown-out textures might at first sound like white noise before they ultimately give way to blissful harmony and hidden melody. Underneath the grit and growl are hidden guitar parts, synthesizer drones and even vocals (provided by Lisa McGee, John Twells and Maxwell August Croy) that succeed in swelling the dense, tape-saturated songs to heady new heights and belie any influences they might have. On each listen the mind strips away another layer of dust and bones to reveal haunting and deeply moving beauty. The world might be spiralling into despair, but Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has brought us a record that isn’t afraid to share the love. All that’s left to do is drown in it.