Tracing Back The Radiance is an album of beautiful drone ruminations from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. From a blend of instruments (vibraphone, reeds, keyboards and so on) and instrumentalists (Chuck Johnson, Gregg Kowalsky, Mary Lattimore to name but three) the Root Strata head-honcho crafts ambiences of shimmering and transcendental beauty. A gorgeous LP that reminds us of Ian William Craig and Vashti Bunyan's mid-00's collaborations with Animal Collective.
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When this heat gets too much to bear, and the windless days and humid nights begin to grate, I find a nice drone album to be the perfect thing to refresh and revitalise. Think of it as sonic cleansing. It just allows a gentle, mindful refocusing. You can forget about the flying ants getting into your mouth and whether you'll survive on the packed 17:09 home. One such drone album is Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's 'Tracing Back The Radiance'. It's a wonderfully calming record, full of dense instrumentation and textures that rise and fall, filling up the headphones nicely.
Opener 'Palace of Time' is interestingly at odds with second track 'Joy'. Where 'Palace of Time' is intangible, 'Joy, though hardly Whitesnake, is far more immediate and concrete. 'Joy' is carried along by squalling bass clarinet and a bubbling vibraphone refrain. Third piece 'Tracing Back The Radiance' is the most washy and immersive of the three. It's reminiscent of the music they play in the aquarium section at Bristol Zoo, all synth pads and textures that roll like the waves.
So come along then, relieve yourself of this infernal heat and dive into 'Tracing Back The Radiance'.
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