8/10 Ant Staff review, 19 August 2011
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is one busy bee, running the excellent Root Strata label and playing in The Alps, Tarantel and The Holy See. Over the years he's amassed a very impressive catalogue to say the least. Under this alias he's working with William Trevor Montgomery (also of Tarantel) to create a fictional western soundtrack which is presented across fourteen pieces which melt into one another. There's a distinct feeling of sun baked landscapes and arid desolation permeating the record. Some of which recalls similar imagery to recent Barn Owl material although this record is in many ways far removed from their sonics. Jefre's palette remains fairly simple with hushed guitar phrases, light smatterings of effects and little else but the final results are no less breathtaking. All of the tracks are reasonably short in their duration, but all are potent in terms of visualizing a fictitious Western movie scenario. Think of Sergio Leone's classics, etc. Classy stuff. The last/final quarter of the record is very magical. Exploration is highly recommended.
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