A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn

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A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn
Studio album by Kyle Bobby Dunn
Released January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)
Recorded 2004-2009
Genre Ambient, Drone, Classical, Minimalist music, Slowcore
Length 1:52:45
Label Low Point
Producer Kyle Bobby Dunn

A Young Person's Guide is a double album release from Canadian composer Kyle Bobby Dunn. It was recorded over a period of six years in Greensboro, North Carolina, Calgary, Alberta, Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan, and parts of New York and New Jersey.

The album is largely made up of minimal compositions crafted and produced by processed classical instruments, electric guitar and piano. Most songs surpass the 10 minute mark in long droning suites with two shorter piano-led vignettes that balance out the second disc. Some sounds seem to be gathered from natural elements, static, old video or television dialogues, and other quiet samples.

Four pieces from the beginning of the album were released in April 2009 as a digital download from the Brooklyn label Moodgadget.

Critical Reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) [3]
Beats Per Minute (77%) [4]
SputnikMusic 5/5 stars [5]
Amazon.com 5/5 stars [6]

The album was generally praised by critics. Ned Raggett, writing for Allmusic, stated:

Delusions of Adequacy music journalists, Mark Lesseraux and Greg Argo, rewarded the album by writing:

Peter Van Cooten heavily praised the album – expressing an emotionality that separated it largely from other guitar and drone based musics. He wrote,

Tobias Fischer of Tokafi Magazine relished the album with compliments and praise:

Star's End, reveled in the album with:

Indie rock webzine, Tome to the Weather Machine, also rated the album highly, reviewing:

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
  1. "Butel" - 17:30
  2. "The Tributary (For Voices Lost)" – 10:38
  3. "There Is No End (To Your Beauty)" – 14:34
  4. "Promenade" – 9:08
  5. "Small Show of Hands" – 4:12
Disc Two
  1. "Grab (And Its Lost Legacies)" – 11:34
  2. "Empty Gazing" – 6:53
  3. "Last Minute Jest" – 2:03
  4. "The Second Ponderosa" – 9:11
  5. "Bonaventure's Finest Hour" – 10:55
  6. "Sets of Four (Its Meaning Is Deeper Than Its Title Implies)" – 4:55
  7. "The Nightjar" – 11:17

External links & reviews[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn at AllMusic
  2. ^ Consequence of Sound review
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Beats Per Minute review
  5. ^ SputnikMusic review
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Raggett, Ned. "A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-20.  Allmusic Review of A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn
  8. ^ Lesseraux, Mark. "DOA Review of YPG 1". Delusions of Adequacy. Retrieved 2010-06-29. [dead link] Mark Lesseraux Guest Review
  9. ^ Argo, Greg. "DOA On A Young Persons Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn". Delusions of Adequacy. Retrieved 2010-06-19. [dead link]DOA on YPG
  10. ^ Van Cooten, Peter. "Peter Van Cooten, Ambient Blog on YPG". Ambient Blog. Retrieved 2010-03-06. [dead link]Peter Van Cooten on Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn, March 2010
  11. ^ Fischer, Tobias. "Tokafi's Tobias Fischer on a Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn". Tokafi. Retrieved 2010-03-16. Tobias Fischer of Tokafi on A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn, March 2010
  12. ^ van Zyl, Chuck. "Star's End on A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn". Star's End. Retrieved 2010-12-06. Star's End on YPGKBD
  13. ^ Phileo, Crawford. "Tome Reviews A Young Person's Guide to Kyle Bobby Dunn". Tome to the Weather Machine. Retrieved 2010-05-11. Tome on Kyle Bobby Dunn's New double album, May 2010
  14. ^ Smith, Steve. "New Electric Guitar Forms, NYT". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-06-20. The New York Times, June 20, 2010, Classical Music Section