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Toropical Circle

by Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa

  • 12" Vinyl LP

    Toropical Circle is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a full color jacket with free download coupon.

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Toropical Circle is a brand new collaborative album from Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa. Through his solo albums on Thrill Jockey, Dustin Wong has taken listeners through an intricately colorful wonderland that he creates with only his guitar and a bank of effects pedals. Takako Minekawa is a Japanese musician who has been active since the ‘90s, exploring the possibilities of experimental pop with albums released on Polystar and Emperor Norton (Roomic Cube, Cloudy Cloud Calculator, and Maxi On).

The two met in the Summer of 2011 when Takako saw Dustin play in Tokyo. He was a fan of her music from the past, and through that meeting they began corresponding. They found many similar interests in music, the universe and mythology. When Dustin was in Japan they went into an hourly rehearsal studio to do some loose musical improvisations, which lead to a natural collaboration. Toropical Circle is the result of that collaboration and was produced and recorded by Wong and Minekawa at home in Toyko.

The music strikes a lovely balance of homemade coziness, experimentation and charming humor. Their musicality and human qualities galvanized into something brilliantly heartwarming. Dustin Wong’s minimal-yet-imaginative sounds combined with Takako Minekawa’s graceful and eloquent voice, samples, drum machines and keyboards resulted in a colorful and fantastic world. The sounds roll and change organically, gently taking the listener by the hand through a forest and to the sea.


released July 23, 2013



Dustin Wong Los Angeles, California

The sounds of Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa are a coalescence of the complexities of life, with the sheer joy of imaginative creation. Based in Tokyo Japan, Wong and Minekawa are part of a growing DIY community. Their artistic focus is to create the unexpected. They use their considerable technical skill to create the psychedelic, surreal, and conceptual, with dexterity and inventiveness. ... more

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