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A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos VII – Review

A Winged Victory for the Sullen Atomos VII

The news of a new release from ‘A Winged Victory for the Sullen’ did set hearts a flutter around here. Their self titled album from 2011 was played on repeat for a solid month, which is a rare enough situation. It’s the type of music that worms itself into the core, and will not let go. You can listen to it any time and any place, and works equally well!

They also played several live sets in Dublin, complete with a string section, in the Sugar Club and the National Concert Hall in the last couple of years, and it’s a live experience that works surprisingly well. Ambient music is not meant to set the heart racing after all.

This new release is a taster for a full album which will be released later in the year and includes an out take from their first album. As you would expect it’s filled with delicate piano lines, lifting violin and cello sounds and a production that blends them with a smoothness that is rarely seen.

The title track is taken from the upcoming full length album Atomos, track 2 is an outtake from AWVftSʼs debut album, and the final track is a remix of the title track by Ben Frost.

Track Listing:
1. Atomos VII

2. Minuet for a Cheap Piano Number One

3. Atomos VII (Greenhouse Re-Interpretation) – with Ben Frost

This new EP from AWVftS heralds the arrival of a new full length album later this year, a score for choreographer Wayne McGregor’s long form dance piece of the same name.

McGregor, mastermind behind “Random Dance Company”, and resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet since 2006, is known in popular culture circles for serving as movement director for the film, ‘Harry Potter’ and the ‘Goblet of Fire’. He has also choreographed the Radiohead video ‘Lotus Flower’ and ‘Ingenue’ by Atoms for Peace.

McGregor was influenced by the duo’s 2011 self-titled debut, playing it repeatedly during practices with his core group of dancers. After noticing the group’s reaction with the music, he contacted AWVftS to see if they would write the score for his new oeuvre and the collaboration was begun.

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