To see Dustin Wong perform his looping magic is to be amazed at the precision of his picking rhythm. Using two delays and a Boss RC-2 Loop Station, plugged directly into the PA, he creates intricate, interlocking grooves that can be spoiled by a single poorly picked note. Employing a relatively small palette of pedals, Wong conjures up a surprisingly wide variety of sounds, exploring emotive textures to compliment his polyrhythmic patterns. In addition to answering the usual Guitar Moderne questions, Wong kindly submitted to a video interview about his gear and how he uses it.
2013 that is—ten records this year; many more were released but only these seemed essential. Keep in mind that these, listed in no particular order, merely represent the recordings released this year (ish) that I found myself returning to over the course of time.
In the spirit in which Guitar Moderne exists, I list them primarily to excite readers about checking them out. They by no means are meant to be an “objective” list of the “best” recordings of the year, but only the ones that I heard and personally responded to. They very much reflect my own taste and your list will undoubtedly vary. By all means chime in and let me know what you think I missed.
Just a teaser—some footage of Dustin Wong, one the most musical and exciting loopers out there. Look for more in October when he comes through Nashville.