A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos VII (Erased Tapes)

A glorious re-introduction to the world of A Winged Victory For The Sullen, a duo who played one of the best shows I've been at in recent years in January 2012.

I've been trying to put my finger on why this music is so affecting. I think it's got to do with the simplicity of the raw materials - primal drones generated by strings or electronics, a general floating, whirring ambience, melodies pared back to the bone. But put together these amount to so much more than the sum of the parts.

'Atomos VII' adds some padded percussion to the mix, briefly, but mostly the atmosphere is one of serene, swelling, deeply-felt emotion.

This is a piece of music that genuinely qualifies for that great hackneyed description. This really is a beautiful thing.

April 28 will see the return of A Winged Victory For The Sullen with the release of 'ATOMOS VII'. It forms the first installment leading up to the release of the second studio album 'ATOMOS', and score for choreographer Wayne McGregor's long form dance piece. McGregor was heavily influenced by the duo's 2011 self-titled debut, playing it repeatedly during practices with his core group of dancers. After noticing the group's reaction with the music, he contacted Adam and Dustin to see if they could write the score for his new oeuvre. The duo recorded more than sixty minutes of music over a four-month period during the summer of 2013 in Brussels, Berlin and Reykjavik, with the help of their longtime collaborative sound engineer Francesco Donadello. This EP also sees the involvement of Ben Frost, who composed the music for McGregor’s previous work 'Far'.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos (Video Interview) from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.


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