Filed under: 2011 Top 25 | Tags: Album Of The Year, Sparklehorse, Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – s/t (Erased Tapes)
Allegedly formed at one of the last ever Sparklehorse shows, AWVFTS overcome a dreadful, emo band name* by producing something totally remarkable. You’ll find this music at some washed out intersection of Budd / Eno / Richter ambience, Rachels / Shipping News chamber-post-rock and the ‘windy minimalism’** of Labradford / Stars Of The Lid (with whom one of the duo has worked). Slow, mournful drones, delicate piano, cellos and atmosphere and a deep deep melancholy, as is appropriate for an album dedicated to the memory of Mark Linkous (Requiem For The Static King is an explicit tribute – it was the name of Sparklehorse’s studio).
Nothing much happens on this album, beautifully.
* and not even a good emo band name like Bring Me The Horizon or I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
** (c) Half Man Half Biscuit
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