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Boomkat Product Review:
A Winged Victory For The Sullen is a collaboration between composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars Of The Lid's Adam Wiltzie, bolstered by contributions from Hildur Gudnadottir and Peter Broderick.
If you're familiar with the past work of all these sizeable talents then you'll have an idea of what to expect from the album: richly emotive chamber music with a supremely advanced grasp of space and atmosphere.
'We Played Some Open Chords' is the arresting opener, piano and string reverberations melting together imperceptibly before your very ears; 'Requiem For The Static King' is a beautiful elegy for the late Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, and sure enough it seems to tremble with its own sense of loss. We can't think of many albums that have so skilfully balanced droning minimalism with open, expressive melody; the results are bewitching, swelling to a near-symphonic climax in 'Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears'.
It's a grief-stricken album, make no mistake, but the sheer artistry at work makes it a resoundingly uplifting listen.