DZTN1980: Ode to a Dead Earth: CS

Sep 29, 2020

New solo record from Dustin of Abolitionist and it does what a solo record should do. It’s not a shell of or an homage to Abolitionist (a personal favorite), but it honors the ethical commitments of that band while moving into new experimental territory that is made possible when it’s one person’s brain mapping the whole thing. I feel the presence of distinct no-wave qualities, but also totally honor Dustin’s own use of “whatever” to describe the sonic qualities. This record maintains that urgent quality of Abolitionist’s political motivations but with a more ruminative and melancholy exploration. There are parts that feel like a eulogy for a dying planet, which act as both a reckoning and a warning. –Theresa W. (Different Kitchen)