A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Atomos


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
October 5th, 2014 | 61 replies


Release Date: 10/06/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dancing about architecture.

Atomos is deceptive. Basically, it's the type of music that makes you focused, abandoning your sense of surroundings. You could easily lose yourself, staring at that one point on the wall for what seems like eons as though a lightbulb will suddenly go off, but it never does. A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s latest effort wants you to dwell on things. While likely to evoke multiple emotions should you let it, Atomos could just as easily leave you emotionless.

That seems like a fairly ‘safe’ claim, but it's somewhat controversial. That is, to claim an album is as likely to strike an emotional chord as it is to sever it. My stance on music almost always stems from whatever connection I make with the album in question. Were you to question me on whatever album I was engulfed in at the time, I would likely avoid the majority of the technical aspects, going off on whatever tangent I saw fit to express the after-effect I was brooding over. Long after the music is over, don’t we remember how it made us feel, rather than instrumental specifics" While Atomos warrants praise for whatever inner effect that might occur should you allow it, you will be humbled. As I sit with the piano resonating in my ear, I face somewhat of a dilemma.

On one hand, there is a strong connection to be made. Opener “Atomos I” will see you indifferent to your minor concerns, while shifting focus to whatever predominant issue exists. “Atomos III” demonstrates an acute use of volume, be it loud or soft, ascending or descending. This painstaking level of control is what prevents Atomos from growing stagnant, as the dynamic is constantly changing. Whereas their previous effort saw A Winged Victory for the Sullen capitalize on their moments of melodic brilliance, their latest work is portrayed more realistically in how these moments develop, but ultimately pass by. Beauty fades. “Atomos VI” exemplifies this, as the piano cuts in and out tactfully, operating under the guise of comfort while ultimately fleeting in nature. Atomos will make you yearn for something to latch onto.

On the other hand, I see this connection offers little more than a false promise - though I'd blame myself. While expecting Atomos to whisk me away, I go nowhere. This should be detrimental, especially given a reliance on ambient music to take you to another place or what-have-you, but it isn’t. Atomos grounds you, and makes you mull over your very real problems. As you become fixated, the music encroaches on your thoughts, stifling them. Just as you are about to reach higher emotional ground, the music grabs you by your heels and bounds past, only to block your advance and claim paramount. This is not meant to confuse you, or urge you to ponder some pseudo-intellectual babble (as it likely comes across as). These are sentences attempting to illuminate that which they cannot. Atomos sheds very little light also. No, Atomos wants you to dwell on things. It is the soundtrack for the long walk in the evening, indifferent to your surroundings while wallowing in doubt, never reaching a satisfying destination. However, as the final violin meets silence, it all becomes clear. This is my destination, and there’s nowhere I'd rather be - lost in beautiful music.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


6686 Comments


http://www.npr.org/2014/09/28/350636690/first-listen-a-winged-victory-for-the-sullen-atomos

http://www.erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP061

big thanks to Gyro and Jac for proofreading this

Archelirion
October 5th 2014


5651 Comments


Niiiiiice review! This really, really wants a feature.
Album sounds good, will listen tomorrow.

Mongi123
October 5th 2014


20299 Comments


Exceptional read man have a pos

"Perhaps that is oversimplifying things to an offensive level. I apologize, but am adamant, still."

Get rid of these pesky lines though. Not needed at all.

ChoccyPhilly
October 5th 2014


11836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, really good review, especially the part where it talks about them feels. Personally, that's the main value of these kind of albums, because there isn't enough going to to keep me constantly intrigued.



Need to listen to this soon

Digging: Pryda - Pryda 10 Vol II

Ryus
October 5th 2014


17397 Comments


as usual, fantastic work johnny. definite pos

djunior
October 5th 2014


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice one Johnny. I completely agree



pospos

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


6686 Comments


@arcade - lol yeah i couldn't resist

thanks for the feature, and the kind words

Let
October 5th 2014


1608 Comments


This sounds really interesting. I guess I should start with the S/T first though. Awesome review too

ExplosiveOranges
October 5th 2014


4408 Comments


yes

Wadlez
October 5th 2014


4917 Comments


Awesome!

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2014


16114 Comments


"Atomos is a rare piece of music that overshadows the poignancy of the emotions it creates.

That seems like a fairly ‘safe’ claim, but it's undoubtedly bold."


you really like your own writing huh? lol

Onirium
October 5th 2014


3035 Comments


Awesome read, have a pos. This sounds really interesting, definitely going to check it out

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


6686 Comments


@calc - I just meant that the statement was a bit more controversial than it might've appeared at first glance

indigonowhere
Emeritus
October 5th 2014


10727 Comments


nice i gotta check this out

Phlegm
October 5th 2014


7248 Comments


krankhype

Aids
October 5th 2014


24456 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

easy there, By Volume

zaruyache
October 5th 2014


20665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think tomorrow I'm going to have to listen to the debut and this. Cannot wait.

amanwithahammer
October 6th 2014


585 Comments


This is out? Yesssssssssssssssss

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2014


11682 Comments


great review Johnny, and congrats on the feature too

AliW1993
October 6th 2014


7511 Comments


Wonderful record, my only qualm is that they could have knocked 10-15 mins off the runtime.





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