Whenever two notable musicians decide to make music together, there’s always going to be a weight of expectation for the release. A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the collaboration between Stars of the Lid member Adam Wiltzie and composer Dustin O’Halloran, is definitely one of those releases. Although, this isn’t the first time that the two have worked together, Adam Wiltzie featured on Dustin O’Halloran’s album ‘Lumiere’ which was released earlier this year.

It makes perfect sense that Adam’s drone atmosphere should collide with Dustin’s light handed delicate piano muses and it would be an understatement to call this album atmospheric. At first, it’s hard to believe that A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s eponymous debut isn’t for a film and you can really see the influence doing previous film scores has had on Dustin O’Halloran because there is a very cinematic and visual aspect to the music.

Classical music seems to be a genre that has never taken the spotlight because some people can’t see the appeal past using it as background music to read a book or attempt to concentrate with work. It isn’t the most accessible genre, but A Winged Victory For The Sullen have made a record that has traditional classical merits mixed with a more contemporary feel. Perhaps this isn’t for everyone, but these two musicians have undeniable talent and unlike many collaborations, they’ve created something that fails to disappoint avid listeners of either artist.

Most notable song ‘Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears’ is definitely something that other composers would wish they had written themselves. With swooping but droning violin and the odd faint piano notes twinkling in the background, you can almost feel the atmosphere wash over you. A Winged Victory For The Sullen is an album with atmosphere bursting at the seams and it’s hard not to enjoy both the solemn and uplifting aspects of a piece of music so well crafted it may gain the notoriety of the original artists involved.