Here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we tend to talk about social, political, and cultural contexts as much as “the music itself,” but in the case of Dustin Wong’s “Song for the People of Syria,” the work has been done for us. It’s in the title, and the depth of meaning and emotion behind the track, with regard to the crisis to which it refers, is communicated through Wong’s rare reliance on vocal loops to form the song. That choice alone makes the song a standout, both musically and worldly. Listen to it here:
Wong’s latest album, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy (TMT Review), is out this week on Thrill Jockey.