In contrast to the haze and hermetic process of previous albums, On The Echoing Green was conceived as a deliberate experiment in clarity and collaboration: “I was interested in trying to bring out more overt pop elements, to let them come to the front and be present. I also have more trust now in letting things happen – trusting other people’s musicianship, and being open to people’s ideas. Eventually, things emerge.”
What emerged from this bond are eight rapturous and richly melodic slow dives of swirling guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drum machines, dramatically accented in places by heavenly arcs of voice courtesy of Argentinian singer-songwriter Sobrenadar. Cantu-Ledesma encouraged chemistry and intuition in the studio by beginning the album without any demos for reference; he and his collaborators pursued patterns and hypnotic textures across long-form improvisations until gradually songs began to take shape.
This is music of growth and grandeur, of ascent and exploration, played with purpose and passion by a craftsman in tune with the beauty of sound and the harmony of light. In his words: “[This album] feels like spring – things coming alive, blooming, emerging from winter.”
released June 16, 2017
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Guitar, Tapes, Drum Machine, Electronics
Byron Westbrook - Guitar, Piano
Drew Periano - Bass
Alexis Georgopolus - Synthesizer, Piano, Bass
Paula Garcia- Vocals on A Song Of Summer & Tenderness
Zane Morris - Piano on Vulgar Latin
Evan Caminiti - Guitar on Vulgar Latin
Al Carlson at Gary's Electric, December 2015 / January 2016
Mixed at home throughout 2016.
Cover painting "Au Pair 2" by Andrea Belag, 2015.
Courtesy of the artist.
16mm Films for A Song Of Summer & Tenderness by Paul Clipson.
Mexican Summer - LP, CD, CASS, DL,
June 16, 2017