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Artist
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
ReleaseProduct
Invisible Cities
Label
Artificial Pinearch Manufacturing
Catalogue Number
APAMFG004D
Release Date
March 12, 2021

Genres

Broadly speaking, Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel Invisible Cities is a book of imaginative travel writing, told in a set of covert meditations on civilisation and memory. It can be argued that the music of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie as A Winged Victory For Sullen similarly invites these notions through the enormity of ambient voids; each composition full, vast and overtaking, and yet as inviting of subjective interpretation from the listener as a crisp, blank page is to ink. Their Invisible Cities LP embraces a wider neo-classical palette than ever before in emulating desolate metropolises, emptied parks and train station platforms — and the eerie, cavernous silence in place of bustling life.

‘Only Strings And Their Supports Remain’ measures these deserted spaces in lengths of violin drones, ebbing and flowing atop a plucked circular rhythm that tightens and slackens across the LP, subtly fluctuating with each passing motif utterance as if slightly misremembered. Often these pieces themselves seem like extensive travel notes, some obscured by distortions — such as in the case of ‘Thirteenth Century Travelogue’ — and others intimately legible, emoted through an anchoring piano line on the likes of ‘The Divided City’.

Invisible Cities feels like a film score to an as-yet-to-be realised motion picture; and yet, its power to invoke the richest imagery is right there in sound.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 So That The City Can Begin To Exist 4:46 Buy

    So That The City Can Begin To Exist

  2. 2 The Celestial City 3:44 Buy

    The Celestial City

  3. 3 The Dead Outnumber The Living 2:41 Buy

    The Dead Outnumber The Living

  4. 4 Every Solstice & Equinox 2:24 Buy

    Every Solstice & Equinox

  5. 5 Nothing Of The City Touches The Earth 3:10 Buy

    Nothing Of The City Touches The Earth

  6. 6 Thirteenth Century Travelogue 2:19 Buy

    Thirteenth Century Travelogue

  7. 7 The Divided City 2:53 Buy

    The Divided City

  8. 8 Only Strings And Their Support Remains 3:42 Buy

    Only Strings And Their Support Remains

  9. 9 There Is One Of Which You Never Speak 3:08 Buy

    There Is One Of Which You Never Speak

  10. 10 Despair Dialogue 2:47 Buy

    Despair Dialogue

  11. 11 The Merchants Of Seven Nations 2:20 Buy

    The Merchants Of Seven Nations

  12. 12 Desires Are Already Memories 3:55 Buy

    Desires Are Already Memories

  13. 13 Total Perspective Vortex 4:20 Buy

    Total Perspective Vortex

Track List

  1. So That the City Can Begin to Exist
  2. The Celestial City
  3. The Dead Outnumber the Living
  4. Every Solstice & Equinox
  5. Nothing of The City Touches the Earth
  6. Thirteenth Century Travelogue
  7. The Divided City
  8. Only Strings and Their Supports Remain
  9. There Is One of Which You Never Speak
  10. Despair Dialogue
  11. The Merchants of Seven Nations
  12. Desires Are Already Memories
  13. Total Perspective Vortex

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Ambient and Modern Classical

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