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In the five years before you, the listener, entered the world of Mosquito Dream, Plotkin recorded a guitar track, which he gave to Boxmedia founder Gutzeit. Gutzeit mashed and mangled the track into five discrete bits. The aforementioned bits were then passed back and forth between Plotkin and Gutzeit over several years and subjected to further modification, resulting in six tracks that sound very, very little like a guitar. What they sound most like is that droning noise you sometimes hear when you're alone in a wide-open space, miles from anything that could be predictably relied upon to make a droning noise -- in all probability, the noise made by the world turning. The more you listen to Mosquito Dream, the more you'll notice minor variances in tone, fluctuations in melody and palpable changes in mood. By the end of your thousandth trip through the album, you should be able to see into other dimensions or alter the fabric of space-time with your hair. The tuned-in reader will wisely surmise that for listeners whose experimental streak can only just encompass rock bands with a horn section, Mosquito Dream will be a pointless and unhappy excursion. For those who appreciate the simple pleasures of sound, it should be more stimulating and rewarding.

James Plotkin / Brent Gutzeit
Mosquito Dream
Kranky
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