Stars of the Lid’s half-brother A Winged Victory for the Sullen is back with their sophomore LP and it’s just as somber and cinematic as their self-titled debut. It’s equal parts neo-classical, ambient and drone. Atomos is a Greek word, which means uncuttable, which is an attribute of the tension the über talented pair creates. Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran paint a picture of a snowy bombed out wasteland, somewhere in the future, where beauty and destruction co-exist. The wintry mix that’s blanketing the earth rages on and off throughout the album. This album apparently came about after a request from Wayne McGregor, who wanted the duo to write the score to his new ouevre. Atomos is worthy of being a film soundtrack or its own film. If you can find the time, definitely find the time to just put Atomos on and close your eyes – it’ll take you away from reality but for a brief moment. Check out Atomos below via the Spotify player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

After releasing a first glimpse in the form of the ‘Atomos VII’ EP earlier this year, A Winged Victory For The Sullen finally reveal their second full-length album entitled ‘Atomos’, which besides familiar piano, string and drone sounds also sees the duo introduce flurries of electronics, harp and modular synthesisers.

Wayne McGregor, founder of Random Dance Company and resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet, chose to play the album 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 were given complete artistic freedom and they treated the score with the same care and attention as their debut album. They recorded more than sixty minutes of music over a four-month period during the summer of 2013 across studios in Brussels, Berlin and Reykjavik, with the help of their long time collaborative sound engineer Francesco Donadello. During the recording process they realised, that this would become their official second studio album. McGregor provided them with the inspiration to expand their sound palette into more electronic territory, whilst keeping their signature chamber sound, resulting in a very unique record.

“As a wise man once said, one who procrastinates their own choosing will inevitably have their choice served to them by circumstance. We had virtually no time for second guessing ourselves. That being said, we tried to balance the discordance between being creative, and fulfilling our duties for a commissioned soundtrack with a very strict deadline, and all the while staying true to our collective melancholy.‘’ – Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie

“We never imagined 2013 would be such an explosively creative year. The first record took us two years from start to finish, but in the micro span of time over last summer we were able to change the formula for the way we write, record, and let go. It was incredibly liberating.” – Dustin O’Halloran

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