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Laurie Tuffrey , October 6th, 2014 14:34

Full play of Atomos, A Winged Victory For The Sullen's second album, released today, ahead of European tour

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Three years after their debut, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the collaboration between Adam Wiltzie, of Stars Of The Lid among many others, and composer Dustin O'Halloran, are today releasing their second album, Atomos. The record is actually their score for Wayne McGregor's contemporary dance work of the same name, performed last year at Sadler's Wells in London, and is out via Erased Tapes and Kranky ahead of a European tour beginning at St. George's Church in Brighton on October 17.

As you may expect from the parties involved, the album is a series of aerated, immaculate neoclassical compositions, meshing string figures and piano chords, sometimes fringed by the buzz of electronics. Each piece is played out into yawning chasms of space, allowing the harmonics to gradually unfurl and sometimes coaxing gentle disquietude, as in 'Atomos IX', or growing urgency, from the pacy arpeggios of 'Atomos VIII'. Most frequently, though, they come together to forge passages of stately, burnished effervescence, nowhere better than on 'Atomos V' where the strings' surging folds inwards, sweeping away gradually, only to return in tremulous iterations. We've got a full play to mark its release, so listen above, and get hold of it at Erased Tapes' site, where there are full details of the tour too.

Edwin Denby
Oct 7, 2014 4:02am

Face it, this music is fucking insipid. If Wiltzie wants to be a composer, he needs to up his chops-- musical, intellectual, comic-- considerably, something he's shown no inclination to do. (At least Brian McBride makes excellent Cali-pop in Bell Gardens.) You fucking Limeys, of all people, should know better... LIsten to any of Arthur Bliss' ballet scores, for starters, especually "Mircale in The Gorbals"... And Bliss, ultimately, isn't even a heavyweight... Then compare these simps (Dustin too) to any of David Tudors soundscapes for dance... Demand better!

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Terry Berry
Oct 7, 2014 11:00am

In reply to Edwin Denby:

I quite like it.

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Tim Jarvis
Oct 8, 2014 7:10am

In reply to Edwin Denby:

I think you've misunderstood the tradition this music is working in. It isn't in the intellectual, comic vein of Tudor and Cage, but rather music that thoughtfully blends the US avant garde drone tradition (of La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, et al) with the Eastern European sacred minimalism of Arvo Part, Henryk Gorecki, and others. A kind of secular transcendent music. If you don't like it, well that's one thing. But it's hardly insipid.

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Gam
Oct 9, 2014 11:20am

In reply to Edwin Denby:

Crikey Edwin, you sound like an angry man ('Limeys!?' - do you live in a 60's Commando comic?!) ! Fair enough, you don't like it, but as to whether this music is insipid (sorry - 'fucking insipid'!), that is an entirely subjective assessment. Personally speaking, I think it's sublime! I find it very relaxing, very moving and always interesting. I don't think it's quite up to the standard of their wonderful debut album, but it's still a great piece of work.

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Johnnyrandom
Oct 14, 2014 4:32am

In reply to Edwin Denby:

If you don't enjoy a piece of music, then you don't know how to listen to it.

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