Ecstatic Sunshine, 'Way' (Cardboard)

Critical Mass
Label: Cardboard

by Amanda Petrusich

This Baltimore duo began as a guitar-only ambient project, but for their third LP, they've folded even more diddles into the drone by way of "electronics" player Kieran Gillen, and the band's spastic curlicues (obviously inspired by experimental New York guitar maestro Glenn Branca) are all the more dizzying. Way's three tracks warp, double over, and circle back to where they started, propelled forward by a layer of effects. Some newcomers might find Ecstatic Sunshine's loops tedious, but brain-melting repetition is the point.



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