Source: The Wire.
Guitarist Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, South Asia, and in 2000 moved to Asheville, North Carolina, to attend college. Shortly afterwards he fell in with a community of anarchist punks, and while the music he plays has changed since then, his use of it to express anti-hierarchical and anti-capitalist sentiment has not. Dorji had not been improvising for very long before he made his first cassette in 2009. Following the release of a self-titled debut LP via Ben Chasny’s Hermit Hut imprint, he began touring the USA and Europe, often playing blazing electric music quite a bit louder than his early acoustic experiments. Dorji’s most enduring associations to date have been with the percussionists Thom Nguyen (in the duo Manas) and Tyler Damon, and saxophonists Dave Rempis (who joins Damon and Dorji in the trio Kuzu) and Mette Rasmussen. Stateless, Dorji’s first album for Drag City, is a return to acoustic music; but according to reviewer Marc Masters in The Wire 440, it “hits more like a punk rock record than a study in extended technique”.