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A Winged Victory For The Sullen

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A Winged Victory For The Sullen

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

12" LP

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Quick Overview

2011 release, the first installment for the new collaboration project between Stars Of The Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O'Halloran. Their secret to harvesting new melodic structures from the thin air of existence was for the duo to push themselves to live dangerously, realizing that clear thinking at the wrong moment could stifle the compositions. The final result is seven landscapes of harmonic replicating ingemination. Notable guest musicians include Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir, and violinist Peter Broderick. This is not a side project. This is the future of the late night record you have always dreamed of.

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Starting with the steady, contemplative piano and slight feedback on the opening "We Played Some Open Chords," A Winged Victory for the Sullen can't be called a barrel of laughs per se, but their song titles -- not to mention their band name -- suggest a knowing playfulness with the conventions of moodily beautiful 21st century drone/ambient. Given that the core members are composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars of the Lid veteran Adam Wiltzie, it's little surprise that both those conventions, and how to work well beyond them, are within their grasp on this debut release. Much like some Stars of the Lid releases, the album and song names may verge on the wry, but without that context, something like the slow strings and feeling of suffused sorrow on the first part of "Requiem for the Static King," or the involving textures of "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" simply are what they are, and quite beautifully so at that. While the sonic connections to the members' past work are clear, so are the distinctions; if the duo is less about full-on beautiful drones than Stars of the Lid often were, there's a similar appreciation for the slowly unfolding and the calmly insular, touchstones ranging as far as George Winston as Eno ("A Symphony Pathetique," almost exclusively piano aside from some distant shading that appears a little more clearly toward the end, is arguably the extreme of this approach on the album, elegantly done every step of the way). Even with the titular or seeming snark brought to bear, the feeling often seems simply appropriate more than anything else -- "Minuet for a Cheap Piano" is almost just that, counting the extra layered tones in the background, while "All Farewells Are Sudden" doesn't close out the album on a quick, final note but a soft, string piece fade, a slow wheezing of tone and delay that's a conclusion and a half when it comes to wrapping things up with a gentle bow.

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Track Listing 1 We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced, For the Earth Had Circled the - 6:18 2 Requiem for the Static King, Pt. 1 - 2:45 3 Requiem for the Static King, Pt. 2 - 7:37 4 Minuet For a Cheap Piano Number Two - 3:09 5 Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears - 4:26 6 A Symphony Pathetique - 12:41 7 All Farewells Are Sudden - 7:35

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