When Arrington De Dionyso formed Old Time Relijun in the late '90s, the group's reliance on the deconstructive glee of free jazz and the mutant skronk of Captain Beefheart was a bracing formula. But over the years, De Dionyso has proven to be more than a mere dabbler in the avant-garde; while Old Time Relijun has continued to release excellent, forward-reaching albums, its frontman has maintained a parallel career as a solo artist steeped in everything from Tuvan throat singing to shamanic mysticism. His most recent solo full-length, 2009's Malaikat Dan Singa, is a showdown between bass clarinet, jaw harp and De Dionyso's own guttural, primordial voice. Like a wizard casting spells in some esoteric tongue, De Dionyso taps into the types of wild and dreamlike expression that make ethnomusicologists cream their jeans — but there's enough of a root in modern improv to make the whole performance a thing of timeless beauty, earthiness and strangeness.
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