Dustin Wong – Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy

Image: 1583477 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.


Mediation of Ecstatic Energy is the third album from Dustin Wong and the conclusion of a trilogy that began with Infinite Love (2010, Thrill 251) and continued with Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads (2012, Thrill
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
Mediation follows the limited vinyl release Toropical Circle, a collaborative album with Japanese singer Takako Minekawa
Limited deluxe LP edition includes a bonus 7” with an exclusive non-album track.

The LP is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl and packaged in a full color jacket with artworked inner sleeve and a download coupon for all
tracks. CD version packaged in a 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package Dustin Wong was a founding member of Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine

“Wong makes intricately layered guitar music that is as hypnotic as it is beautiful.” - The Fader
“While Brian Eno and Robert Fripp first brought the music-assystem aesthetic within hailing distance of pop music in the mid-’70s, Wong is way ahead of them when it comes to making his system turn out things that sound like pop songs.” - Dusted Erhältlich ab 04.10.2013
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