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Dustin Wong is a lad who has been declared a ‘genius’ on these very pages. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that but what I would say is that he certainly knows his way around a loop pedal. His expertise manifests itself into a kind of jittery electronica that ocassionally strays into something very pretty indeed. There are certain moments over the course of the album where he adds ...

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Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy by Dustin Wong
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 September 2013

Dustin Wong is a lad who has been declared a ‘genius’ on these very pages. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that but what I would say is that he certainly knows his way around a loop pedal.

His expertise manifests itself into a kind of jittery electronica that ocassionally strays into something very pretty indeed. There are certain moments over the course of the album where he adds layers of very fizzy sounding, precise guitar cuts in such away that you are left with a quite remarkable piece of sonic exploration. The grooves tend to run into each other so I’m not exactly sure of which track I’m talking about, but it results in a remarkable piece: rhythmically fascinating, and once all the pieces of the jigsaw are added it results in the sweetest of tracks, part afro-beat, part Fennesz, part miniature Battles.

His music sounds almost too fast, like it's played on the wrong speed, but no matter how much I dither on the knob this is just the way it sounds. Brittle, tiny pieces of guitar hurtling along at an almost comical pace, as if someone has forgotten to provide the music with brakes. The album rarely breaks out of this mindspace but at some point during the b side he starts playing with an e-bow and adds a drum beat. It's enormously clever stuff, but its the more afro-ey tunes that appeal. There are some sweet instrumentals, especially towards the end of the record, and please don’t be put off if I say they are kind of Animal Collective-y.

I’m also reminded of Eno circa ‘Another Green World’.....at 78rpm. It's a unique style but it's also fair to say that if you like his previous offerings you are more than likely going to love this.  




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