A Winged Victory For The Sullen: The Undivided Five (LP, Ninja Tune, November 2019)

I had an odd feeling of crossing-the-streams with this album. I listened to a bunch of Ninja Tune stuff in the mid-90s, mostly instrumental and alternative hiphop and breaks, but I think of that as a part of my musical past. So for the third album proper from Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, who could be said to exemplify a big chunk of where I’ve been musically for the current decade, to come out of Ninja… it was a bit like discovering that two people you know in completely different spheres are actually top chums.

Anyway, onto that actual record. If you’re into the whole modern-classical/ambient-drone thing, then it’s basically a big comforting hug. I mean, I guess that, if I wanted to be super-critical, I might say that this drifts a little bit into the second side — except that drifting is pretty much this music’s raison d’être, so maybe what I mean is that those little moments of magic that make it special as a smidgeon too far apart. When it comes down to it, I don’t think they’re ever likely to get me as excited as I was about their 2011 debut, which remains an absolute classic, but this is still pretty fine stuff.

I bought this from Juno. They call it Experimental / Electronic.

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