A Winged Victory For The Sullen: Intense Clarity

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen's "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once. i

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen's "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen's "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears" is incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once.

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Monday's Pick

Song: "Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears"

Artist: A Winged Victory For The Sullen

CD: A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Genre: Ambient

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, along with a string trio, just finished their first tour together as A Winged Victory for the Sullen. They hit up churches, halls and other unlikely venues around America, with the elegant surroundings embellishing the music's classical and traditional aspects while adding a layer of depth to the electronic instruments and modern compositions.

"Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears," from the band's self-titled debut, sounds just like a combination of classical and electronic ambient music should: incredibly delicate, meditative and soaring all at once. But it's also filled with stunning, unexpected moments that induce intense clarity felt somewhere between the mind, heart and soul. It has the ability to merge that lost memory of eating snow as a child with the feeling you had the last time you saw the sunset or asked for forgiveness — and then it all vanishes with a fading note, until there's nothing left but the present. It's no wonder audiences lucky enough to catch the group's performances sat silent and captivated for the duration, and erupted with applause after the expiration of the last beautiful note.

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