This sneaked under the radar. Without doubt my favourite album of the last 10 years has been Atomos by A Winged Victory for the Sullen. To me, it’s perfect. I played it daily for the best part of a year. I still play it regularly. If you’ve never heard it, do yourself a favour. It’s an orchestral masterpiece.
This single, Long May It Sustain is part of an Erased Tapes tenth anniversary compilation release, 1+1=X. It includes exclusive recordings from Nils Frahm, Kiasmos and A Winged Victory For The Sullen as well as, I believe, recordings from the entire Erased Tapes roster.
The AWVFTS offering, Long May It Sustain, could sit in the early stages of Atomos and perhaps even enhance something i’ve already described as perfect. The same lush combination of the piano and strings includes elements of both Atomos II and VI (maybe it’s the elusive Atomos IV?)
The Iris soundtrack has kept me ticking over. I did like that, but Long May It Sustain is more the AWVFTS I love. 4 mins 21 seconds of bliss.
The 3xLP box set 1+1=10 is released on Record Store Day, April 21st 2018.