Oddball guitar wizard Dustin Wong already dropped one album this year — a collaborative full-length with Japanese artist Takako Minekawa titled Toropical Circle — and on September 17, the ex-Ponytail member will release another. The upcoming Mediation of Ecstatic Energy is Wong's third solo LP and the proper follow-up to 2012's Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads. Conceived as the final part of a trilogy of records constructed with solo guitar loops, the 14-track effort that, according to label Thrill Jockey Records, relies on "syncopation, abnormal time signatures, and polyrhythm to create an overwhelming feeling of weightlessness." To tease the new album, Wong has shared its opening track, "The Big She," a jittery, haunted drone that veers into the mad scientist's most aggressive territory yet. Hear it below, followed by the album's track list and Wong's upcoming tour dates. Pre-orders are currently available through Thrill Jockey.
Mediation of Ecstatic Energy track list:
1. "The Big She"
2. "Emerald Atmosphere"
4. "Aura Peeled Off"
5. "Out of the Crown Head"
6. "Liberal Christian Youth Ministry"
7. "Cityscape Floated"
8. "Speeding Feathers Staring"
9. "(A) shows (B) his analysis and (C) looked over"
10. "Physical Consciousness Went in"
12. "Helix Sky"
13. "Vision Waterfall"
14. "Tall Call Cold Sun"
Dustin Wong tour dates:
September 20 - Chicago, IL @ The Hideout ^
September 21 - Madison, WI @ Dragonfly Lounge
September 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse #@
September 23 - Mimlwaukee, WI @ Quarters #
September 24 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House #
September 26 - Baltimore, MD @ Floristree %
September 27 - Boston, MA @ Paradise *
September 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
September 29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
October 1 - Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat *
October 2 - Raleigh, NC @ King's Barcade *
October 3 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
October 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
October 5 - Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox *
October 6 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree *
October 8 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eye'd Jacks *
October 9 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Upstairs *
October 19 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
October 11 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
October 13 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
October 14 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
October 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
October 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
October 19 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios !
October 20 - Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern !
October 21 - Boise, ID @ The Crux !
October 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed !
October 23 - Denver, CO @ Rinoceropolis !
October 25 - Iowa City, IA @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe !
* = with The Dodos
! = with Takako Minekawa
# = with Dope Body
^ = with Cave
@ = with Scout Nibblet
% = with CoLa