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The Undivided Five

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

The Undivided Five

Fifth album from the ambient duo Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie recorded in different locations around Europe

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The album marks a significant advance for A Winged Victory…, in accepting the challenge of unorthodox inspiration, and doing musical justice to it in highly convincing fashion
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  2. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s easily one of the prettiest albums of the year
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  3. 8.5 |   The 405

    The instrumental duo have created an album of exquisite tenderness
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Each track of ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen's The Undivided Five captures the sound of two exceptional musicians drawing in deep musical breaths and then exhaling something of lasting ethereal beauty
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    If its pace is funeral, though, its mood is elevating. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A well-informed piece of music that draws out discreet and poignant sentiments with each listen
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Headphones and a quiet room are essential for capturing the full depth, but the payoff is a sound-world of uncanny resonance. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Closer listens reveal small universes of movement, tension and suspense pulsing just beneath the surface. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Threads between life and death never sounded so beautiful
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  10. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The Undivided Five is a characteristically beautiful album, and one of the most enjoyable pop-ambient albums released in some time
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  11. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Solidify their position among contemporary composers as makers of complex, transportive music
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  12. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    The neoclassical ambient duo’s first proper album in nine years pays tribute to the mystical painter Hilma af Klint in stirring strings, melancholy fanfare, and a winking hint of self-awareness
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  13. 7.0 |   All Music

    As always, the duo's song titles reveal their sense of humor, which ranges from self-conscious ("Our Lord Debussy") to pitch-black ("Keep It Dark, Deutschland"), indicating that a bit of levity and absurdity helps when pondering life, death, and the cosmos
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