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  • Summary: The fifth-full length release for the ambient duo of Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie was recorded at eight different European locations.
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  1. 90
    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.
  2. Nov 1, 2019
    85
    The Undivided Five is slow, meandering and intelligent. ... A Winged Victory for the Sullen produce breath-taking works of sumptuous beauty which will no doubt bore the shit out of those who are not equipped with the patience, cultural competence and time to delve into the work properly. That sounds wildly elitist but so be it.
  3. Mojo
    Nov 1, 2019
    80
    Closer listens reveal small universes of movement, tension and suspense pulsing just beneath the surface. [Dec 2019, p.88]
  4. Q Magazine
    Nov 1, 2019
    80
    Headphones and a quiet room are essential for capturing the full depth, but the payoff is a sound-world of uncanny resonance. [Dec 2019, p.106]
  5. Nov 6, 2019
    80
    The simplicity of the music here makes it a perfect entry-point for ambient fans who got into the genre through Max Richter‘s Sleep playlist. But it also makes it a perfect moving-on moment in the band’s career.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 14, 2019
    80
    If its pace is funeral, though, its mood is elevating. [Jan 2020, p.31]
  7. Nov 1, 2019
    70
    This is anything but bombastic, and there's much greater attention paid to intricacies and subtle details than before. The arrangements consist of calm, patient pianos, gently swelling strings, and deftly integrated modular synthesizers, which help the pieces glow and vibrate. It's a vast, involved recording, but it doesn't bowl the listener over with heavy-handed sentimentality. Nevertheless, if certain pieces catch you at the right moment, they can be tear-jerkers.

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