Yesterday, Dustin Wong (former guitarist for the late, great Ponytail) released the album Mediation Of Ecstatic Energy, a shimmering record that loops and stretches his guitar in every which way. If the buzzing, tough opener “The Big She” was all you’ve heard from the record so far you might be caught off guard by the video for “Speedy Feathers Staring,” which is a kaleidoscope of sound and color. Wong loops his guitar so complexly, with so many layers adding to the chaos that it eventually circles back to sounding simple and peaceful, like a kind of musical fractal. Wong, who made the video himself, makes an appearance through all of the lights and psychedelic effects near the end, just in time to share the gorgeous sighing vocals as things come to a close. Watch it below and check out the tour dates if you want to try and see how the hell he does this live.
Mediation of Ecstatic Energy is out now on Thrill Jockey.
09/20 Chicago, IL @ The Hideout ^
09/21 Madison, WI @ Dragonfly Lounge
09/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse #@
09/23 Mimlwaukee, WI @ Quarters #
09/24 Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House #
09/26 Baltimore, MD @ Floristree %
09/27 Boston, MA @ Paradise *
09/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
09/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/01 Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
10/02 Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade *
10/03 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
10/04 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
10/05 Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox *
10/06 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
10/08 New Orleans, LA @ One Eye’d Jacks *
10/09 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
10/19 Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
10/11 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
10/13 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
10/14 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
10/15 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
10/16 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
10/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios !
10/20 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern !
10/21 Boise, ID @ The Crux !
10/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed !
10/23 Denver, CO @ Rinoceropolis !
10/25 Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe !
* – w/ The Dodos
! – w/ Takako Minekawa
# – w/ Dope Body
^ – w/ Cave
@ – w/ Scout Nibblet
% – w/ CoLa