Julie Byrne & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma Share “Love’s Refrain”

From Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass series

Photo: Shawn Brackbill & Thea Kegler

Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma joins forces in their new collaboration “Love’s Refrain” for Mexican Summer’s Looking Glass series. Along with the song, they’ve shared a homemade video where we get to see Byrne explore isolation and renewal. “In the earnestness of creating this video with an iPhone to record and torn up party streamers as our lone prop, we reached to represent this transit. We wanted the video to feel like the cathartic break in a process unseen and to convey a solitude that is ultimately the site of renewal,” commented Byrne. Enjoy:

Speaking of the track, Byrne shared:

“Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s original version of love’s refrain is a song that always felt limitless to me. When I first started writing the lyrics for the collaborative version, I would walk and listen to the song at dusk, sometimes I would walk for hours, playing it over and over again on headphones like I did with music I loved when I was a teenager.

Initially the song was written about desire, the requisite distance embedded in the experience of desire, the feeling of really believing in someone and risking oneself in order to be guided by that belief. But as I moved through that time, it became clear that the experience of writing these lyrics and making this video had so much more to do with the healing of aloneness. The walks in and of themselves had become a therapeutic process for me, a space where I would practice my aloneness. I would set out to walk a distance not for the sake of destination but to feel embodied. At this pace I sought to restore the breaks in my spirit, cast another illusion onto the pyre, feel the necessity and possibility in that, where I would turn my words over and over again in my mind until they became deliberate, where I would sometimes so clearly feel a sense of horizon breaking through me.”