Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Le Guess Who? introduces part 6: A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, Sparklehorse) and composer Dustin O'Halloran (best known for his soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette) met each other during a performance of Sparklehorse in 2007. A new friendship led to the collaboration in the form of A Winged Victory for the Sullen. The combination results in classical piano pieces with an ambient post-rock touch. On their debut album the two worked alongside known artists like Peter Broderick, Hildur Gudnadottir and Nils Frahm.

Blog 'The Liminal' did an interview with the A Winged Victory For The Sullen members Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie. We'd like to give you a scoop !

How did the style of music take shape? Did you want to try something new?
DO’H: We went into it pretty open minded, listening to a lot of spaced out soundtrack music, drinking good whiskey and talking about the decline of human existence. We tried to let the music speak to us [about] where it wanted to go. But one thing that was important was space and using the space in an effective way…

So where did the name of the project come from exactly?
AW: Tim, Dustin’s manager, said we needed to have a name and not use our personal names. I love coming up with stupid band names, it’s a hobby of mine to pass time in airports, and so voila.
DO’H: It was also pretty clear when we finished the record that it was not a one-off. We already had a lot more songs then could fit on the record and it seemed using our names would feel like a one-off. We have more to give.
AW: I had visited this island in Greece called Samothraki and there is a famous statue called “nike samothrice” which makes “the winged victory of…”. It was stolen and now sits in the entry hallway of the Louvre and I liked the ring of it. But I thought it sounded a bit too hopeful. My Mom used to call me a “sullen boy” so we slapped it on the end for good measure.

Curious for more? You can read the whole interview here. A Winged Victory For The Sullen will be performing at Le Guess Who? 2011 on Saturday November 26th. Passepartout and day tickets are available via

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