Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith - Exit Future Heart [LP - UrbanVinylStore

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith - Exit Future Heart [LP] (, limited to 350)

Exit Future Heart is an LP of improvised sessions by the conjoined
ensemble of Tokyo-based abstract pop duo Dustin Wong and
Takako Minekawa and Chicago's free music trio Good Willsmith. LP
limited edition of 350 copies with free coupon.
Exit Future Heart follows three Good Willsmith albums released on Umor Rex and three albums
by Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa on Thrill Jockey. Recorded live at home in Chicago over the
course of one night when Wong and Minekawa passed through on tour, Exit Future Heart showcases
a program of spontaneous compositions that flow through mutated tropes of rock music, focused
ambient/kosmische synthesis, and expanses of raw textural sculpting. The singular performance
styles and improvisatory gestures of each member of the quintet fuse into a delicate interplay
charged more by open spaces and deep listening than by overload or abandon.
Takako Minekawa and Natalie Chami chase each other through the mix with layered angelic
vocalizations that flit from operatic highs to close-mic whispers. Minekawa's flute-like Casio tones,
prominently featured in her catalog of seminal shibuya-kei pop albums starting in the mid 90s, cut
through in moments of colorful melody and hover in clouds of restrained pointillist harmony. As in her
solo recordings under the name TALsounds, Chami's signature Juno organ chords and cascading
monophonic Moog blips compound through live looping and processing into the undulating
bedrock of each session. Dustin Wong's guitar shines in passages of crystalline clean tone picking
and rockets into bursts of effect-soaked abstraction, capturing the glowing precision of his solo
albums on Thrill Jockey and the optimistic energy of his his former noise/rock band Ponytail. When
he's not painting the mix with smeared arpeggios and quivering synth textures, Doug Kaplan (AKA
MrDougDoug, one half of Chicago label Hausu Mountain) locks with Wong into tiered guitar riffs that
conjure some image, however skewed, of a rock band's twin six-string leads. In step with the frantic,
style-mashing electronic arrangements of his solo project Mukqs, Maxwell Allison (the other half of
Hausu Mountain) steers a rig of synths and drum machines through shifting IDM-esque bass and
drum patterns, steady krautrock-inspired beats, and bleeping 8-bit square wave patches.
Channeling a varied palette of sounds at their disposal, the Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa
+ Good Willsmith quintet's extended improvisations segue through contrasting atmospheres and
emotional zones. Rock backbeats pulse behind dense clouds of guitar and voice before fading
into clattering arrhythmia. Empty passages embodying the Japanese notion of ''ma'' (or intervals
of negative space) erupt for short moments with individual interjections before sinking back into
near nothingness. The album ends with the quintet's most frankly affecting session, whose title
Setsunai evokes a sense of melancholic ennui or a moment of twilit reflection. The voices of
Minekawa and Chami fold together and crest over brooding chords into wailed climaxes of wordless
melody, building into a holy meadow of harmonies that thicken with slow-drip synth and guitar
embellishments. Taken as a whole, the quintet's recordings pluck tones and strategies from a wide
axis of seemingly opposed traditions: sentimental pop/rock-informed songcraft vs. no-holds-barred
improv; self-nullifying drone and ambient stasis vs. constantly shifting electro-acoustic activity. Exit
Future Heart stands as a singular document of five friends having fun, piecing together a hybridized
strain of live performance that seems to gel almost too perfectly to be improvised, but that proudly
displays too many idiosyncrasies and happy accidents to be composed.

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