June 27, 2013

Monitoring: Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa - "Party on a Floating Cake"

There's an airy, dreamy quality to "Party on a Floating Cake," the aptly named first track from Dustin Wong's recent collaboration with Japanese musician Takako Minekawa, entitled Toropical Circle. The song begins with each player's contribution gradually drifting towards the other—Wong's looped guitar enveloping Minekawa's wordless vocals as the two parts intertwine and a staccato cadence takes hold. Though they've only joined forces recently, the pair's tendency to create intricate, circular compositions makes it sound as if they've been playing together for quite some time. The fact that this collaboration spans an entire album is just icing on the cake.

Toropical Circle will see a vinyl release via Thrill Jockey on July 23.

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