Communicating infectious joy through delicate, exploratory guitar work, loop maestro Dustin Wong’s follow-up to 2010′s Infinite Love, and his first release since his jazz-hands-waving, sugar rush of an avant-rock group Ponytail split last year, is like a homespun version of Manuel GÃ¶ttsching’s E2-E4. It has the same, super-determined, dude-in-a-room, one-take intensity, but this 16-part song, delightfully distracted by awesome effects pedals, layered riffing and the commanding knock of a drum machine, spazzes out (the very Do Whatever You Want All The Time-like “Feet Prints On Flower Dreads”), conjures up catchy, folksy melodies (“On/In The Way,” “Sprinkle Wet Toes”), and boldly starts over not once, but twice (“Pink Diamond,” “Pencil Drove Hill Moon”). Melancholy highlight “Toe Tore Oh” references the adorable/menacing character from the 1988 anime classic My Neighbor Totoro, which is fitting: One can easily imagine Wong’s playful, heady music scoring a Hayao Miyazaki flick.
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