This week's playlist brings you inspiring sounds derived from the A Winged Victory Of A Sullen show at the Barbican Centre last Saturday, featuring key music from the ambient duo and many other artists that share a love for the contemporary landscape. The following sounds are both beautiful and haunting to hear. Charmingly classical but progressively unique, your emotions will be sculpted in this changing atmospheric grouping.
The introductory song 'Atomos VI' has warming tones that flow like the wind as violins react to the ambient echoes created. The music keeps to an astounding pace while this playlist transcends onwards into each instrumental chapter. Nils Frahm’s 'Some' keeps to this heightened mid-toned level as a delicate ode to the fallen. It brims with loss but remains attractive, each note sustaining its very existence. Nils Frahm captures his passion for minimal piano composition while at the same time piecing together the perfect introduction to his work for any new listener. His music only gets better, deeper and far more dynamic as you follow along these records. This you'll definitely encounter as you venture into this neo-classical overview in his next piece 'Wall', which could be described as a vibrant, touching, aggressive tone in some respects.
The alternating textures continue to fluctuate across this playlist with Ólafur Arnalds 'Tree'. Twinkling light-work piano escalates sonically like drops of water while strings from violins and cellos pan across this acceding piece at a far more subtle volume. 'You Have Been Keeping' from Falls sequences a deeply chilled rhythm, with every longing drone reflecting around an invisible sonic space. An arpeggiated pattern of notes siren and float up and down in this mesmerising piece. It is full of darkly low echoes and roaring frequencies.
Hans Zimmer's 'Stay' from the 2014 Interstellar original movie soundtrack is the peak of the music from the award-winning film. The astounding sounds throughout this sci-fi epic pair with wonderful cinematography and drama, and this comes through in today's playlist. Space hovers between the realism of the direction and the distance of the galactic edges beyond your imagination.
A Winged Victory - Atomos VI
A Winged Victory - Atomos VII
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Ti Prego Memory Man
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - A Symphony Pathetique
Nils Frahm - Said and Done
Nils Frahm - Some
Nils Frahm - Wall
Nils Frahm - Says
Ólafur Arnalds - Tree
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - Four
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - Wide Open
Falls - Short Fields 1, 2 and 3
Falls - You Have Been Keeping
Luke Abbott - Xantako
Luke Abbott - Night Bike
Hans Zimmer - Mountains
Hans Zimmer - S.T.A.Y.
Hans Zimmer - Day One Dark
Words: Luke Cole