Hostile Ambient Takeover
A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s self titled debut album was immense. Combining the low-key ambient atmospherics of Stars of the Lid’s pioneering mastermind Adam Wiltzie with the melancholic, subtle and spellbinding piano compositions of post-classical pianist Dustin O’Halloran, the project is as enveloping as Star of the Lid’s greatest work, but imbued with a melodic drive and direction provided by O’Halloran’s near vocal-like piano contributions. Upon release, the album was lauded by all and sundry, including the BBC and The Guardian.
Their follow up to their hugely successful debut album will see release on October 6th via Erased Tapes Records. Entitled Atomos, the record found it’s genesis in a dance project of Wayne McGregor’s. McGregor is the resident chereographer at the Royal Ballet, and was so enamoured with the Belgium-based duo’s debut album that he used their music exclusively in practise sessions for his upcoming project, also titled Atomos. Eventually, he invited Wiltzie and O’Halloran to compose the score for the entire project and what was initially planned to be a small contribution perhaps consisting of an EP, quickyl developed into a full blown album.
This is the second release from the project, creatively titled “Atomos VI”. It’s melancholic opening gives way to a somewhat threatening atmosphere as the composition develops, showing the range of emotion the band can evoke.
If you have never listened to ambient music before, I implore you to do so. You will not be disappointed. It is beautiful, mesmerising and relaxing. Sometimes a respite is required from the ceaseless cacophonous sound clutter of modern life and music. A Winged Victory For The Sullen can provide that solace.
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below:
19/10/14 @ Milton Court at the Barbican Centre, London
20/10/14 @ Milton Court at the Barbican Centre, London
25/10/14 @ De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium
06/02/15 @ Kings Place, London