Review snippets taken from Tiny Mix Tapes
I’ve used A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s ambient post-classical music as a sleep aid on more than one occasion. The duo’s music is so beautiful and spacious, yet it moves so goddamn slowly, perfect for drifting toward a thoughtless nothing. “Galerie,” the first track released from the duo’s upcoming Iris soundtrack and available to stream below, starts as expected, building to a familiar combination of delicate piano and droning ambientscapes. The difference is the pacing, which is no longer soporific. It’s like AWVFTS has Gone Pop in service of the high drama on the screen.
In their words: “[We] decided to stop thinking about cinema as an object, and moved closer to using the film’s images as triggers for experiences. The more we were able to let go, and see the music as something that happens, like a process – not a quality, the more we were able to reach a place that sounded like us. It was as if we were making our first record all over again, except being filtered through another language littered with dead metaphors.”