The pairing between these two individuals feels particularly apt, even necessary. In a world where things move with an undue quickness, they take their time. Akin to different sides of the same coin, the two individuals bring their own unique take on droning meditation. Whereas Kyle Bobby Dunn’s efforts typically have a beautiful, brooding darkness to them, Wayne Robert Thomas opts for a more nostalgic hued path. When taken together though they ensure that nothing becomes too overwrought. A sense of unending waves of despair permeate the cyclical nature of Kyle Bobby Dunn’s general output. With Wayne Robert Thomas, rather than build up a subtle bleakness he goes for a work that feels a bit more hopeful though the yearning for the past remains crystal clear. Experimental while still nicely infusing a bit of the emotional into the overall atmosphere results in a soothing world, one that teems with life.
Kyle Bobby Dunn and Wayne Robert Thomas craft two sprawling universes that consume the listener whole with their massive sprawling drones. For the direction of those drones relies heavily upon the vision of each composer. By ensuring that while the two trades in similar stock of extended guitar gestures, elongated tones, and a general sense of the pastoral, the end results neatly represent a delicate balance. Layer upon layers of sound wash over the listener ensuring that the pieces at times represent a veritable force of nature, consuming all in its regal path. Loss, nostalgia, these all filter their way into the overall proceedings. References to artists focused on renewal and decay make comparisons to William Basinski somewhat inevitable, as these sounds focus on the past in a way.
“The Searches” displays Kyle Bobby Dunn’s uncanny patience. Letting things unfurl with a heavenly grace all of it comes together into a vast stream of consciousness sort of sound. Reflecting upon the past, the way the song embodies a dream state feels real, even as the song occasionally highlights darker passages. For this piece Kyle Bobby Dunn ensures that everything comes into view quite quickly, as the sound feels quite bright and colorful. On “Voyevoda” Wayne Robert Thomas goes for a blurred sort of beauty. Residing in a haze, the piece amicably drifts up into the sky.
With their two thoughtful pieces, Kyle Bobby Dunn and Wayne Robert Thomas delve into an innermost psychic aura over the course of their sprawling suites.