Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa announce North American tour, share A-ha-inspired new video

Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa announce North American tour, share A-ha-inspired new video

Guitar savant and former Ponytail-er Dustin Wong teamed up with Japanese Francophile Takako Minekawa for the Savage Imagination LP on Thrill Jockey this month (which made our Third Quarter Favorites list today), and now they’re back with a rotoscoped video for the song “Pastel Ice Date,” which vaguely recalls another video from a Norwegian band of lore. I’ll give you a hint — it’s not Dimmu Borgir! In addition, the duo has announced an extensive North American tour for the album, which starts in Minnesota on November 7.

Savage Imagination is the second collaborative album from Minekawa and Wong, and it continues their shared love for playful and humorous sounds. “Pastel Ice Date” marries staccato guitar chords, low-tech drum hits, Casio flutes, and the pair’s wordless hymns. Eventually, Wong weaves layer upon layer of distorted guitar to create an unreal texture that is both soothing and ear-piercing. The video’s sketch animations of the duo, which are pretty lifelike, were actually drawn by Wong and colored by Minekawa! These guys are too talented for their own damn good. Just watch the video already, and then buy Savage Imagination on limited green vinyl — right now, Thrill Jockey’s offering a discounted bundle of the new LP with some of Wong’s solo releases here.

Tour dates:

11.07.14 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College (w/ William Tyler)
11.08.14 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
11.09.14 - Detroit, MI - MOCA Detroit
11.10.14 - Toronto, ON - Handlebar
11.11.14 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
11.12.14 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets
11.13.14 - Princeton, NJ - Terrace Club
11.14.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
11.15.14 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
11.16.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.17.14 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11.19.14 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook
11.20.14 - Atlanta, GA - 529
11.21.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11.24.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
11.26.14 - Tempe, AZ - 51 West
11.28.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Los Globos
11.29.14 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
12.01.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
12.03.14 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
12.04.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux
12.06.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge

• Dustin Wong: https://soundcloud.com/dustin-wong
• Takako Minekawa: https://twitter.com/tm_meandcat
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

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