Monday, April 19, 2010
Last year's Seasons was the culmination of several years of self-recorded material by Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong, and easily one of my favorite records of 2009. Last week WTR CLR released Let It Go, Dustin's first solo release since Seasons.
Let It Go consists of material written and recorded after the release of his debut, and is further documentation of Dustin's growth. Streaming below is "Anniversary Song".
"Anniversary Song" is of the more upbeat gems of his catalog, and what was once hypnotic layers of lush guitar noise now adds percussive vocals and playful keys. This track and other moments of the Let It Go may hint at a new direction, but are intertwined with the signature sounds of Dustin's prior work and performances that we in Baltimore have come to know and love.
Clocking in at over 47 minutes, Let It Go is a hefty serving of mind-blowing guitar wizardry. Head over to WTR CLR to download the entire album for free, but purchasing the beautiful cassette (pictured after the jump) comes highly recommended. Justin over at WTR CLR has some more stellar things in store, and you can check back here for details on upcoming releases from Dope Body, Jason Urick, and Smart Growth.
Let It Go
1. FAIR AT NIGHT LIT WITH CANDLES
2. MY SONG 6
3. FOR DANIEL
4. ANNIVERSARY SONG
5. NOPERA FIN
6. MATTHEW AND KENNETH
7. MILD WEST
8. FOURTH OF JULY BQE
10. ICE MELTS AGAIN