A Winged Victory for the Sullen - A Winged Victory for the Sullen (Erased Tapes, 2011)

Le nom ne vous dira peut-être rien, et ce ne sera pas la sortie la plus médiatisée de cette rentrée musicale. Et pourtant! Plusieurs noms devraient attirer votre attention. Tout d'abord, c'est sorti sur Erased Tapes pour l'Europe et sur Kranky aux USA. C'est composé par Dustin O'Halloran et Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), avec les participations de Peter Broderick ou de Hildur Gudnadottir. En résumé, on dirait du Stars of the Lid avec beaucoup de piano, et c'est magnifique!

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
CD Erased Tapes Records ERATP032 (UK, 09-2011)

01. We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced, for the Earth Had Circled the Sun Yet Another Year
02. Requiem for the Static King Part One
03. Requiem for the Static King Part Two
04. Minuet for a Cheap Piano Number Two
05. Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears
06. A Symphony Pathetique
07. All Farewells Are Sudden

Note : Scored by Adam Wiltzie & Dustin O'Halloran
Bassoon – Hugo Barone
Cello – Chris Jepson, Hildur Gudnadottir
French Horn – Rozanne Descheemaeker
Harp – Chester Desmond
Viola – Kristina Labitzke
Violin – Elissa Lee, Marlene Ito, Peter Broderick

We were always going to dig a band called 'A Winged Victory For The Sullen', but we're pleased to find that their music's actually very special too. It's a collaboration between composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars Of The Lid's Adam Wiltzie, bolstered by contributions from Hildur Gudnadottir and Peter Broderick, and if you're familiar of the past work of all these sizeable talents then you'll have an idea of what to expect from the album: richly emotive chamber music with a supremely advanced grasp of space and atmosphere. 'We Played Some Open Chords' is the arresting opener, piano and string reverberations melting together imperceptibly before your very ears; 'Requiem For The Static King' is a fittingly beautiful elegy for the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, and sure enough it seems to tremble with its own terrible sense of loss. We can't think of many albums of recent times that have so skilfully balanced droning minimalism with open, expressive melody; the results are completely bewitching, swelling to a near-symphonic climax in 'Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears'. This is a grief-stricken album, make no mistake, but the sheer artistry at work makes it a resoundingly uplifting listen. (Boomkat)


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