Kyle Bobby Dunn - Ways Of Meaning
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Though his instrumental works are superficially similar to other contemporary ambient/drone projects, Brooklyn based composer Kyle Bobby Dunn seems to sit somewhere close to the edge of that burgeoning music scene, less of a drone artist, rather conjuring mental images of minimalists such as John Cage. Perhaps this originality is the key to his success, as though there are countless artists following a similar sonic path to Dunn, none quite reach the same destination.
His second release on Desire Path Recordings, Ways Of Meaning features six cavernous works of ambience, with the artist choosing to make guitar and organ his main tools of expression. The album opens with Dropping Sandwiches (in Chester lake) and Dunn reaches into his seemingly limitless repository of tones to perform glacially slow refrains which repeat at length and offer a solace most welcome in today’s ever rushing age. The music seems more immediate when compared with Dunn’s previous output, as though a small obstacle has been taken away from the artists creative process, bringing conception and execution closer together.
Following number Statuit continues in this vein and, excepting the masterful Movement For The Completely Fucked, all the tracks on Ways Of Meaning hover somewhere around the five minute mark. This brevity suits the artist and will perhaps lure a greater audience into this most cathartic of listening experiences.
It would be rash to call this album Dunn’s greatest work as his voluminous back catalogue with perhaps yet unheralded gems prohibits it. Still, it can at least be stated that Ways Of Meaning is an experimental album of the highest quality, accessible and subtly powerful. If one has not yet heard Dunn’s work until now, start here or with A Young Persons Guide To Kyle Bobby Dunn (Low Point), those who are already familiar with the artist will no doubt already be planning on buying this work anyway.
Ways Of Meaning is available now on vinyl and digital download from Desire Path Recordings.
Review by Adam Williams for Futuresequence