Dustin Wong

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I know this guy has been talked about on other threads, but feel like he deserves his own thing! Just getting around to his collab LP with Takako Minekawa from earlier this year and holy crap it is beautiful.
new lP, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy, coming out later this year on thrill jockey.

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:28 (four years ago) Permalink

his album last year was maybe my favorite album of 2012. but i still haven't heard the takako minekawa collabo due to my unfortunate dependence on spotify

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

there must be so many people doing the guitar looping thing but he's so good at it

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:47 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i think he's kind of the high point of that whole approach.

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:49 (four years ago) Permalink

I wish he'd do one with his old bandmate, the drummer from Ponytail. His guitar was so awesome w/ Ponytail. I dig these solo things, but that stuff was on another level.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:49 (four years ago) Permalink


So awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:50 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't really know this dude, but the song in the OP is v. nice.

blatant marvin jack (jaymc), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:51 (four years ago) Permalink

reminds me a bit of mark mcguire's prettier moments

trippin' on brostep beats (NickB), Tuesday, 30 July 2013 17:55 (four years ago) Permalink

his album last year was maybe my favorite album of 2012.

Me too. My favorite discovery of last year, for sure.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 18:06 (four years ago) Permalink

He's got a follow-up coming out this year (I think). I also think he called it a trilogy. Maybe I'm imagining this.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 18:12 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah here's the info on the new one -

Mediation of Ecstatic Energy
Thrill Jockey Records - September 2013
From the opening notes of Mediation of Ecstatic Energy, it is clear that Dustin Wong has bested even himself in expanding the capacity of what can be done with a few pedals and a guitar. The album is the conclusion of a trilogy that began with 2010’s Infinite Love and continued with last year’s Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, each record created by Dustin in solitude with ten fingers, two feet, and his endless imagination. Mediation shows Dustin complicating his already complex arrangements for guitar, voice, and loops, expanding not only his timbral palate, but also exploring new rhythmic intricacies. This is his first record since moving back to Japan (where he spent his childhood), and follows Toropical Circle, a collaborative release with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa, which was released on vinyl on Thrill Jockey in July.

Dustin is constantly exploring new conceptual frameworks and methods of music making. “The Big She” opens Mediation of Ecstatic Energy with the most aggressive atmosphere Dustin has cultivated on a solo release. Explosive and unpredictable, the song features a constantly morphing loop-pulse that allows Dustin to clang and wail from above. Throughout the album, he uses syncopation, abnormal time signatures, and polyrhythm to create an overwhelming feeling of weightlessness, most notably on songs like “Out of the Crown Head” and “Imaginelectric.” There is also an increased bass presence, which is generated using his guitar and an octave pedal. These are the sounds of Dustin advancing his technique, pushing it as far as he can, from complex abstraction to blissful bursts of melody.

Much of the album’s energy and all of the song titles are derived from a short story Dustin wrote, which is included in the album’s artwork. The story incorporates themes of youth, technology, and spirituality. It was partially inspired by Dustin’s experience growing up in a Christian school in Tokyo, which he attended from 3rd to 12th grade. It was here that Dustin was exposed to singing in rounds – a direct precursor to his dynamic loops. The theme of spirituality is directly reflected in the album’s artwork, which is a photo of Dustin’s aura taken in Japan.

Dustin will be touring the US extensively, including a run of dates with The Dodos, in the fall. He will be joined by Takako Minekawa on select dates, and possibly other collaborators as well.

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 July 2013 18:19 (four years ago) Permalink

That sounds really good.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 August 2013 13:48 (four years ago) Permalink

New one: https://soundcloud.com/thrilljockey/dustin-wong-the-big-she#t=0:00

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 13:07 (four years ago) Permalink

live right now http://www.dommune.com/

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 14:52 (four years ago) Permalink

he's such a cutie w/ his yellow guitar & rad shirt in a sea of cables tapping his fleet of pedals w/ his odd socks

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:01 (four years ago) Permalink

in my experience one person looping has generally been a pretty awful format, w/ lots of v discrete units thrown into a to tediously build-up this all-consumign abyss. i like how clean & light he is by comparison, nimble & fun & clever. his technique & set-up is really satisfying

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:20 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah i agree -- one man loop guitar action is not appealing to me in general, but Wong's records are pretty irresistible.
the Takako Minekawa collab is really worth checking out, really wonderful things happening there.

tylerw, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

i think i just like that he liked the same bits of don cab that i did

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

His riffs with Ponytail were so great and infectious that I couldn't resist listening to his solo albums.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:26 (four years ago) Permalink

It was nice hearing the Wong solo guitar creeping into the last Ponytail album. It's a shame they had to end there. I felt like they were really finding their sound on that one.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:27 (four years ago) Permalink

the Takako Minekawa collaboration is super super lovely, not into that soundcloud track quite as much but still enough to really look forward to the album.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:31 (four years ago) Permalink

am I doing something wrong with this live feed? I've had still images with a tiny sliver of moving action on the right hand side.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:33 (four years ago) Permalink

i think it's over & they're just playing the record

ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:38 (four years ago) Permalink

as a consolation prize, here he is wearing a cute jumper


ogmor, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:40 (four years ago) Permalink

ya as i am very very smart i came to notice that it was the album playing after about five tracks. thx for the consolation prize, that's a cute jumper indeed.

Merdeyeux, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:48 (four years ago) Permalink

the man's a genius

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 6 August 2013 15:56 (four years ago) Permalink


afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 6 August 2013 16:08 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

honestly i'm not crazy about the wong/minekawa album (it's fine but feels insubstantial) but his new album ("meditation of ecstatic energy") is really really good. pumped to see him play live this friday.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:13 (four years ago) Permalink

really enjoying Mediation so far, and perfect title too

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:30 (four years ago) Permalink

i really love that minekawa album, but uhh yeah, mediation is some mind-bending shit. something new/amazing pretty much every 10 seconds.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

i like the density of his solo stuff so the airiness of the minekawa collabo just might not have been what i was looking for

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 21:54 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah obviously he's gotta give her room, but there is some really lovely stuff on there

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 22:03 (four years ago) Permalink

he is a swell dude I know a band who toured with him they say he was great every night and just a peach of a person.

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Wednesday, 18 September 2013 23:30 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...


I am really looking forward to this.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 17 March 2017 14:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Very promising. Not sure why it goes all I Zimbra in the middle but, on the other hand, why not?

Jeff W, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

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