Don’t worry, Ponytail is still going strong! But over the last six years, Wong has amassed quite a number of works all on his own, and will release them as a collection called Seasons, his solo debut album, in early June.
Seasons will be available in LP form only–with download cards included, which would be totally indie pretentious if he and his album concept weren’t so adorable. Each side of the record reflects half a year: “Spring” and “Summer” make up side A, “Fall” and “Winter” fill side B. (Ah yes, and if any of you young ‘uns who have only played music off of shiny discs or computers are reading this, LPs are novel vinyl circles with music set into the grooves! Tracks on wax, as we say! If this sounds weird, ask somebody with a mortgage or NYT in their hands what I’m talking about and they’ll explain.)
Wong’s label, Wildfire Wildfire, offers a sample from each side on their site, and what’s there are two thoughtful, instrumental trips through Wong’s year. Spring_Summer offers varied bits that range from rough to rambunctious, loaded with twinkly energy and filled with promise. Fall_Winter is dreamlike and pensive, wandering and moody but not gloomy or lost.
Do not expect the poppity explosion of Ponytail with Seasons. But do expect to see yet another side of Dustin Wong that you’ll really, really like.
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