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Super-duo A Winged Victory For The Sullen's self-titled debut was an unmitigated triumph, earning rave reviews across the board and flying off our shelves as quickly as we could restock it. It's exciting to see that Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie are at it again, with this 12" being the first taster of their forthcoming album 'ATOMOS'.
The lead track has all the graceful droney beauty that you would expect from the pair, most closely resembling Wiltzie's Stars of the Lid work than O'Halloran's chocolate box romanticism, building to a stop-start procession of sad stirring string chords that's gradually engulfed in shimmering drones before receding into an undulating hum and lapping waves of radio static. It's grand and lushly arranged but also has a floaty contemplative lightness that ensures it's always uplifting and never dreary. O'Halloran's musical voice is heard more clearly in the piano tinkles of the shorter track which closes the first side, 'Minuet For A Cheap Piano Number One', with solemn drones and tinkles that bring to mind the 'Six Feet Under' theme.
The "greenhouse re-interpretation" of the lead track on the B side is very good too, in a way the most sonically interesting piece of the lot. Opening in a feverish dub-drone patchwork of boomy sub bass and grainily distorted mid-drones, it soon settles into a swelling chord sequence before the bass gets turned right up and starts fuzzing up and cutting in and out a bit, it's strangely emotional. There's a lovely passage with piano and sweeping strings that sounds all heartbreaking and cinematic before it's over too.
This bodes well for album number two. A Welcome Return for the Sullen.
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