A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Aqualung, Motherfucker

Composed of Dustin O’Halloran and Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie, A Winged Victory for the Sullen returned with a new album in 2019, The Undivided Five, this time on Ninja Tune, adding to their excellent catalog thus far with previous works issued through reputable labels like Kranky and Erased Tapes.

Aqualung, Motherfucker comes from the duo's new full length alongside a captivating visual which also works like a short film, directed by Jonas Govaerts who co-wrote the script with Adam Wiltzie, and starring actor Nikolai Kinski, son of the great Klaus Kinski.

The film is a dark thriller with a modern noir aesthetic and comes in a very sinister tone, as it takes place during the aftermath of a brutal murder, while the vile protagonist moves on toward a striking change which leads to a whole different conclusion.

"I felt an unusual, but very welcome, a sense of trust when making this short film," says Govaerts."What could’ve been a purely professional assignment, actually felt like a true artistic collaboration, which, to me at least, is rare."

"I met Nikolai when I first moved to Berlin and over the years we bonded over art and cinema," O’Halloran reveals about the selection of Kinski as the lead. "We were always thinking of ways to bring our two art forms together in collaboration, and we knew this was the perfect moment."

"There’s an innate duality in AWVFTS’s music," Kinski comments, "and I liked that my transformation felt like a visualization of the tension between opposites without being cliche - the journey this takes you on, essentially speaks for itself."

Cover art by Davy Evans

Video directed by Jonas Govaerts


02-20 Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Duif
02-21 Berlin, Germany - Funkhaus
02-22 M√ľnster, Germany - Petrikirche
02-23 Prague - TBA
02-24 Hamburg, Germany - Elbphilharmonie
02-25 Bruges, Belgium - Magdalenakerk
02-26 Bristol, England - Trinity Centre
02-27 London, England - Round Chapel
02-28 London, England - Round Chapel
02-29 Birmingham, England - St Paul’s Church
03-01 Glasgow, Scotland - St Luke’s
03-02 Manchester, England - St Philip’s Church
03-03 Dublin, Ireland - National Concert Hall
03-04 Belfast, Ireland - Rosemary St Church
03-05 Brighton, England - St George’s Church
03-06 Liverpool, England - Road Unitarian Church
03-07 Brussels, Belgium - Begijnhofkerk
03-29 Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
03-31 Brooklyn, NY - Murmrr Theatre
04-01 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
04-04 Montreal, Quebec - Places de Artes
04-08 Chicago, IL - University Church
04-09 Saint Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar and Hall
04-11 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
04-13 Vancouver, British Columbia - St James Community Square
04-14 Seattle, WA - Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
04-15 Portland, OR - The Old Church
04-16 San Francisco, CA - Grace Cathedral
04-17 Los Angeles, CA - First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
04-20 Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian

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