Wong (ex-Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine guitarist) is supporting his outstanding new album, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy (Thrill Jockey). He also released the full-length Tropical Circle with ex-Buffalo Daughter vocalist Takako. Mediation of Ecstatic Energy sounds like a manically inventive and intricately pointillistic update of Robert Fripp’s loop-based works. There's no pussyfooting here; just radiant starbursts of vivid, vital guitar exploration. Mediation of Ecstatic Energy does what it says in the title. Who doesn't like a bit of mediation of one's ecstatic energy? Only a dullard, that's who.