A Winged Victory for the Sullen
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A Winged Victory for the Sullen

September 12, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Label: kranky
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 kranky
  • Total Length: 44:31
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0055Y7CMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Synergy September 28, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
A Winged Victory for the Sullen is composed of Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, etc.) and Dustin O'Halloran (movie soundtracks, Dévics, etc) who were both accomplished before they joined forces. The team creates a great synergy that enhances their strengths and eliminates their weaknesses. The album has been playing nonstop at home and work since I first heard the streaming samples online and now that I received the CD from Kranky I have even higher quality FLAC versions ripped. Their music is a wonderful mix between classical piano with ambient drone music perfected by the likes of Brian Eno and later by Stars of the Lid. My only complaint is I wish they would have released a double CD as 45 minutes leaves you begging for more. Too bad Amazon is only selling the lower bit rate MP3s as these songs are best heard with high quality headphones or a really good stereo system straight from CD that you can buy from Kranky or ripped in a lossless format like FLAC.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becareful of Downloading this Album December 4, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This is a great album.
My complaint is with the confusing price set up of this album. Thinking I would get the entire album with the full download I paid full price. One of the songs was not included- I suppose that means it is only on the CD.
Plus I was charged $8.49.
If I had downloaded the songs individually, it would have been almost $4 cheaper.
If you download the album, and I suggest you do, be careful how you do so.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A woman standing by a lake next to a huge oak tree is lost in thought. She is not aware that the autumn leaves are cascading around her in a plume of cool air.

A man being forlorn over the decisions he has made and longs for atonement.

The seashore ebbs away by the surf only to regenerate again.

Stone statues in a lush garden silently muses over their surroundings.

These are only some of the thoughts I have when I listen to this album. "Winged Victory for the Sullen" is the brain child of Adam Wiltzie from Stars of the Lid and pianist Dustin O'Halloran. I am very familiar with the former being a fan of SOTL, but I wasn't with the latter...until this release. I would defiantly say that these two musicians have synergy.

The music itself is layered instrumental cacophonies. If I had to use a clever name to categorize it I would use "neo-classical". There are strings, violins, bass, pianos and other things I am not able to pin point. There is an ambient flare to some of the music on this album which gives it an interesting quality.

I absolutely love this collect of music; it is so peaceful, beautiful, dark, haunting and yet still provides elements of hope. The title of the album/group reflects the music nicely. I believe fans of minimal, instrumental, classical, ambient and even movie scores would really enjoy this album.

I am one of those folks who still like to get CDs and I am happy to say that this CD is housed in an actual plastic tray. The reason I note this is because Kranky usually just slips their CDs in cardboard which leaves the CD open for scuffs and/or scratches. That is not the case here.

So please excuse me, I am going to allow myself to be swept away by these lush notes while I am hypnotized by the siren on the album sleeve......again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headphone Commute Review April 1, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O'Halloran must get on very well. They have combined here to release their first collaborative work, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, and done so in spectacular fashion. Guest appearances by the Icelandic cellist Hildur Guđnadóttir and violinist Peter Broderick only excite our neurons further. Delicate and restrained in its approach, this album is undeniably affecting.

Wiltzie, one half of Stars of the Lid, is well versed at producing music that unfolds slowly, gradually enveloping the listener. There are shades of that here, but O'Halloran's contributions add structure and focus to the experience. On some tracks it is O'Halloran who is in the foreground. "Minuet for a Cheap Piano Number Two" is a beautifully haunting piano led piece that aches with sadness. But elsewhere we find "Requiem for a Static King (Part 1)", a song that would not feel out of place on a Stars of the Lid album.

For the most part, though, the album represents new territory for both artists. Their subtle, contemplative approaches combine to form a work that is deeply moving. At times it feels as if I'm listening to the soundtrack to a film about beautiful characters living tragic lives. If this is the effect Wiltzie and O'Halloran were hoping to achieve, they were certainly not in a hurry to do so. The songs seem to take single, often simple, ideas and meditate on them, allowing them to unfold and develop in their own time. This concept is never more apparent than in the album's closing, and perhaps strongest, track "All Farewells are Sudden", where less really is more.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen will move most who give it the time and attention it deserves. It represents the perfect blend of two wonderfully gifted musicians who have crafted an album that stands out as one of the very best of 2011. The album is co-released by Chicago based Kranky and London based Erased Tapes Records.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The coalescence of notes and drones May 3, 2012
By Shifter
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an album of breathtaking beauty. For me at least, it has a curious way of growing more lush and provocative with every listen. Soft crescendos and sounds not readily apparent reveal themselves as the music gets more and familiar. The album as a whole is stark and wintry in its simplicity, but the sound is never anything less than warm, with long, soft-edged hums wavering seamlessly in and out of quiet, unhurried notes on the piano. It's definitely an album to listen to from start to finish over and over again; certainly not a difficult proposition, as this music will be your soundtrack to anything from reading to walking to studying to stargazing.

I hope this duo sticks together for a long time. If this is them just getting started, I can't wait for their next step.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classical?
Beautiful the first passage; after, routine. G.C. (qqqqqqqqqqqq qqq aaaaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaaaz zzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzeeeeee eeeeee eeeeeeeeed dddddddddd ddddddddd ddddccc ccccccc... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Huge Stars of the Lid fan. This is just a boring, nondescript CD. Nothing stands out to me thus far.
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