Dustin Wong, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

Brandon Soderberg

By Brandon Soderberg

on 02.21.12 in Reviews

Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

Dustin Wong
Infectious joy through delicate, exploratory guitar work

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 Göttsching’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.