Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Record label: Desire Path Recordings
For a drone artist, the differences between one release and the next are often subtle. It comes with the territory. You make subtle music to begin with, and like any artist you feel the burden of not wanting to repeat yourself. Kyle Bobby Dunn clearly feels this burden. He's been making drone ….
On his early 2011 album, Kyle Bobby Dunn continues exploring his favored areas of drone-centered composition and performance -- though not without humor, as song titles like "Dropping Sandwiches (In Chester Lake)" and "Movement for the Completely Fucked" show. The former song starts the album with the kind of classically post-ambient Brian Eno/Aphex Twin/Stars of the Lid atmosphere that begs to be heard while stretched out and perfectly still, the slowest of melodies and the softest of tones but still using hooks as such to create its impact. From there Ways of Meaning moves forward in generally similar vein, with one of its key elements -- much like that of the noted forebears -- being the inclusion of bass-heavy rumble as much as gossamer glaze in the sonics, though the latter often prevails.