Hear A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s doomy classical number “Atomos VI”

Hear a new track featuring Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie.

- Jul 10, 2014

With the rise of Nils Frahm and his label Erased Tapes, it seems that contemporary classical music is having a moment. A Winged Victory for the Sullen has laid the foundation since 2011 and their self-titled debut; now Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid and Dustin O'Halloran are returning for their follow-up ATOMOS, commissioned for The Royal Ballet's Random Dance in London.

"Atomos VI" (each of the album's eleven tracks shares the same title, with corresponding track numbers) bristles underneath movements of melodic drone, with a concert hall pushing forth and swallowed like a moonlit beach under the rhythms of the tides. You can also simply read the band's name for a sense of the competing emotional resonances it spars with: a concert hall rigged for demolition, or a priceless violin cutting through the fingers of its handler.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen's new album ATOMOS is out October 6 via Kranky/Erased Tapes; pre-order it here.

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