Ninja Tune – November 1st
Due to stage commissions and soundtrack work, this is only AWVFTS’ second proper album in eight years. And yet if The Undivided Five proves anything, it’s that these deviations have only served to strengthen the melodic focus of former-Stars of the Lid-man, Adam Wiltzie and his bandmate, the Oscar-nominated composer, Dustin O’Halloran. Less uniformly ambient than their debut, this follow-up offers a range of mood pieces reportedly inspired by seismic life events, and the sacred significance of the number five. There’s not a dud amongst them. Encasing muffled piano chords and plaintive strings in waves of electronic distortion, ‘Our Lord Debussy’ is testament to the transportative power of drone, while the Jean-Pierre Jeunet-esque melody of ‘The Haunted Victorian Pencil’ is as pretty as its title is deliberately absurd. An exquisite return.
Photo by Jónatan Grétarsson.