A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the top-tier collaboration of Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O’Halloran, continue to make deeply inspiring music together. In this case, they have made music to soundtrack Jalil Lespert’s film Iris, deploying electronics and a large string orchestra to realise their grand visions. CD and vinyl (black or clear) editions on Erased Tapes.
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The boss-approved Winged Victory brigade produce their latest sequel of cinematic bliss, continuing a victory lap of film scores for “frontman” (in so far as drone collectives can have frontmen) Adam Wiltzie. Between producing the gorgeously serene soundtrack for Solaris and asking for deadline extensions for the next Stars of the Lid record (“can I have another decade, Mr. Kranky?”), he and his group offer ‘Iris’ for the film of the same name, continuing to use electronics and orchestration as if one were the water and the other were the flowers.
‘ATOMOS’ suggested a slightly heavier version of A Winged Victory than their first record did, adding ruinous bass pulse and a busier sound than the initial drones and piano of Wiltzie and collaborator Dustin O’Hallaran. On ‘Iris’, it’s much the same: the orchestra is no longer a supplement but a leading role, creating monolithic climaxes and segues between throbbing bass and scoped-out, endlessly droning chords. In fact a lot of this feels like a gorgeous neo-classical record given those cinema-going subwoofer boom -- the electronics recall the blood-hastening tension that only loud noises can truly announce.
A track like “L’embauche” plays with off-kilter rhythms before bringing things back to stilled string swells and industrial ambience, further juxtaposing the two differently cinematic sides of this trope -- thrillers and heartbreakers, their music continues to sound absolutely massive -- thankfully, all this soundtrack work has given them a curious opportunity to experiment. A collection of saccharine broods.
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