Review: A Winged Victory For The Sullen: The Undivided Five

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Photo: Jonatan Gretarsson

A new album from A Winged Victory For The Sullen is always something worth celebrating;  only a few established artists are making work that truly pushes boundaries in terms of avant-garde leanings. I suppose they sit alongside others like Oneohtrix Pointnever, Tim Hecker, Gazelle Twin, and Arca.

Their reverb-heavy ambient washes of sound are there as ever, particularly within the liminal spaces in The Rhythm Of A Dividing Pair, but there are unexpectedly accessible pieces like the self-explanatory, gorgeous Our Lord Debussy, and Satie-like The Haunted Victorian Pencil- surely the most gorgeous classical piece to almost homage ghastly toff Jacob Rees- Mogg.

Aqualung, Motherfucker is more in keeping with their usual dynamic: it’s sits between ambient calm and drones, then whoosh! -cracks appear and there’s an immense wall of noise.

It’s forever mired in the subconscious, where dreams move in and out of focus. Sharp and blurry edges exist in our psyches, and that’s where you’ll find Dustin O’ Halloran and Adam Wiltzie.

Out now via Ninja Tune

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