A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Desires Are Already Memories

Stars of the Lid founder Adam Wiltzie and LA-based composer Dustin O'Halloran are A Winged Victory for the Sullen, an ambient/experimental act which has so far seemed to be taking long breathers between albums, but not this time. 2019's great The Undivided Five is being followed by the band's fourth album, Invisible Cities, expected on February 26th, 2021, once again through Ninja Tune.

The new album is also the score to the critically acclaimed theatre production of the same name, directed by London Olympics ceremony video designer Leo Warner. 

Desires Are Already Memories builds captivatingly from an ambient choral piece of epic qualities to a synth-heavy suspenseful cut in only four brilliant minutes. 

"Four months is not a lot of time to create 90 minutes of music for a production using classical theatre, dance, and high res video mapping on a stage the size of 2 football pitches," says Adam Wiltzie about the creative process. "It was a pleasure to work with 59 Productions, unlike other producers, they left the micro-managing at home, and let us get on with it. Early on in discussions with director Leo Warner it was realised that the human voice would take a central role in the score as it was essentially the only instrument we could see evolving over 600 years with a storyline that would not have the listener screaming 'its Zimmertime'…"



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