Vinyl LP pressing. Hailing from Northern California, John Davis is a sound artist, composer and filmmaker. With Ask the Dust, he offers up a moving suite of compositions employing a plethora of instrumentation: guitar, piano, tape loops, Max/MSP, field recordings and the newest addition to his arsenal, a complex assortment of Blacet synthesizer modules. Davis uses the synth not as the crux of his recordings but as a tool among many in his kit, weaving oscillations and mangled or rhythmic tones through pastoral webs of processed guitar and field recordings. To this end, the richness of his palette cannot be denied, nor can his prowess as a masterful arranger of abstract sound. Ask the Dust is Davis's most refined set of recordings to date, a deep album that rewards focused and repeated listening.