Mixtape #123

We love Nightports’ sublime music. The inventive duo of British musicians and producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater approach their different projects with sets of pre-defined rules. Their recent EP, Wat Chedi Luang, was created using recordings from a unique day and place. Similarly, for their two previous albums, they only used sounds produced by a featured musician, discovering varied ways to explore and rework the artist’s music. Following their 2018 collaboration with Matthew Bourne, last year’s dazzling sonic collaboration, Nightports w/ Betamax, made it to our favourite Albums of 2020 and we simply can’t put it down. So we’re delighted they stitched together this phenomenal mix for us. Dig in!

  1. Anna Meredith – Calion [Moshi Moshi] 0:00
  2. Eli Keszler – Measurement Doesn’t Change the System At All [Shelter Press] 4:30
  3. Floating Points – Anasickmodular [Ninja Tune] 8:03
  4. Beatrice Dillon – Workaround One [Pan (3)] 11:10
  5. Laurence Pike – Rapture [The Leaf Label] 14:29
  6. TOMAGA – Squeek and Chatter [Negative Days] 18:06
  7. Leafcutter John – Pillar [Border Community] 22:35
  8. Sebastian Rochford & Pamelia Kurstin – Ouch [i] [Slowfoot] 27:28
  9. MRR-ADM – 2wo 31:35
  10. Autechre – esc desc [Warp] 33:46
  11. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – The Rhythm Of A Dividing Pair [Ninja Tune] 38:27
  12. No. 3 – No. 3 42:34
  13. Ametsub – Snowy Lava [Progressive Form / Third Ear] 50:30
  14. Domenique Dumont – People on Sunday [The Leaf Label] 54:42

A Winged Victory for the Sullen announce new album Invisible Cities

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.

Mixtape #96

We're thrilled to have composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kaada curating this month's mixtape. He conquered our ears a long time ago with his numerous and diverse projects spanning a wide range of genres, from classical to avant-garde, to rock and electronic. Member of the band Cloroform, he also frequently collaborates with Mike Patton and composes film scores as well as producing his own solo works, the latest of which, just out last week, is the utterly sublime album Closing Statements. Here's a few words from Kaada to accompany his magnificent sonic selection from traditional and modern classical composers.

"This playlist represents the music that I have been listening to the last month, and tracks that I have drawn inspiration from as i am working on my current projects. These are all really great tracks, to my ears."

  1. Donnacha Dennehy: Nadia Sirota, Liam Byrne – Part 2 [Bedroom Community]
  2. Ben Lukas Boysen – You’ll Miss Us One Day [Ad Noiseam / Erased Tapes]
  3. Roomful of Teeth (Caroline Shaw) – Partita for 8 singers – Part 2 Sarabande [New Amsterdam Records]
  4. Lutosławski (Alexander Liebreich & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) – Musique funèbre à la mémoire de Béla Bartók: Prolog Prologue [Accentus Music]
  5. Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt [Domino]
  6. John Tavener (The Choir Of The Temple Church) – The Lamb [Decca]
  7. Castiglioni (Teresia Bokor)- Salmo XIX [Chandos]
  8. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention [Western Vinyl]
  9. Osvaldo Golijov – Vision: Bautismo en la Cruz [Deutsche Grammophon]
  10. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Requiem For The Static King Part One [Erased Tapes / Kranky]
  11. Richard Reed Parry – Duet For Heart And Breath [Deutsche Grammophon]
  12. Játékok (Gábor Csalog) – VIII: Flowers We Are – For Miyako (For Four Hands) [BMC]
  13. Arvo Pärt (Estonian National Symphony Orchestra) – Summa [Virgin]

A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s new album Iris out next week

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Iris OSTA 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.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen set to release Atomos VII EP ahead of new album

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos VII

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’.