Published Aug 30, 2011Considering the six-year gap between Stars of the Lid's last two album's, 2001's Tired Sounds and 2007's And Their Refinement of the Decline, it's not exactly shocking that the ambient drone outfit have been dormant the past few years. Band member Adam Wiltzie hasn't exactly been inactive, though, as proved by the announcement of his latest project, A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
A collaboration with composer Dustin O'Halloran, the unit will release their self-titled debut September 13 on Kranky. A press release explains that the project places the artists outside the comforts of their respective home studios and into a few large acoustic spaces. Recordings took place at the Grunewald church in west Berlin, DDR Radio studios in east Berlin and in a private studio on the northern cusp of Italy.
While arrangements are heavy on grand pianos, strings, French horn and bassoon, the traditional instrumentation is "always juxtaposed [with] the sound of drifting guitar washed melodies."
"They have taken the age-old idea of a string quartet and then shot it out a cannon to reveal exquisite new levels of mellow bliss," the press sheet says of album track "In Requiem for the Static King Part One," written as a tribute to deceased Sparklehorse leader Mark Linkous.
Meanwhile, Wiltzie has this to say about 13-minute opus "A Symphony Pathetique": "After almost 20 years of struggling to create interesting ambient drone music, I feel like I have finally figured out what I am doing."
Guest musicians include cellist Hildur Gudnadottir and violinist Peter Broderick. See the tracklisting below and the album cover above.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen:
1. "We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced, For the Earth Had Circled the Sun Yet Another Year"
2. "Requiem for the Static King Part One"
3. "Requiem for the Static King Part Two"
4. "Minuet for a Cheap Piano Number Two"
5. "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears"
6. "A Symphony Pathetique"
7. "All Farewells Are Sudden"