A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the majestic collaborative project of Stars Of The Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran, have announced the release of a new album, Invisible Cities. Wiltzie and O’Halloran were commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, Brisbane Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Live, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydowto to compose Invisible Cities as a 90-minute score for the multimedia theatre production inspired by Italo Calvino’s 1972 epic novel of the same name. Wiltzie commented on the process:
“Four months is not a lot of time to create 90 minutes of music for a production using classical theatre, dance, & high res video mapping on a stage the size of 2 football pitches. It was a pleasure to work with 59 Productions, unlike other producers, they left the micro-managing at home, and let us get on with it. Early on in discussions with director Leo Warner it was realised that the human voice would take a central role in the score as it was essentially the only instrument we could see evolving over 600 years with a storyline that would not have the listener screaming “its Zimmertime”…,”
Invisible Cities is set for release on February 26th through Artificial Pinearch Manufacturing and ahead of it A Winged Victory for the Sullen are enticing us with the first single, ‘Desires Are Already Memories’. Here it is.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the majestic collaborative project of Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, are set to release their third full-length album next week. Entitled Iris, the album was conceived as the score for the French thriller Iris, directed by Jalil Lespert. “The director and the film presented a new set of challenges, so we decided to stop thinking about cinema as an object, and moved closer to using the film’s images as triggers for experiences”, explained Adam and Dustin. “The more we were able to let go, and see the music as something that happens, like a process – not a quality, the more we were able to reach a place that sounded like us. It was as if we were making our first record all over again, except being filtered through another language littered with dead metaphors”.
Iris is out on Friday 13th via Erased Tapes and it comes with a digital bonus track edition including two solo pieces by Adam Wiltzie and tracks by Petite Noir, dOP, DJ Pone and The Shoes, which are also featured in the film.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen had previously shared two very striking tracks from the album, ‘Retour Au Champ De Mars’ and ‘Galerie’. Listen to both below.
Stars Of The Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and pianist and composer Dustin O’Halloran are back with their majestic collaborative project A Winged Victory For The Sullen. The pair have announced the release of Atomos, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 eponymous debut album. Atomos also serves as the score for choreographer Wayne McGregor’s dance production of the same name.
The first taste of Atomos, due out later in the year, will arrive on April 28th in the form of a limited edition 12” EP, Atomos VII, via Erased Tapes and Kranky. Other than the immensely beautiful and moving title track taken from their forthcoming album, the EP also features a reinterpretation of ‘Atomos VII’ by pianist Ben Frost and an outtake recorded during their debut album sessions.
Now immerse yourself fully into ‘Atomos VII’.