‘Keep It Dark, Deutschland’ is an ode to the city in which Dustin resided for 10 years and where he and Adam spent much of their creative time together. “AWVFTS was born out of foggy nights, and Italian espresso sessions in Dustin’s old dilapidated apartment in Friedrichshain, East Berlin,” they say. “ It was an incredibly rich creative time as well as some of the most depressing times of life, but it seemed to suit the purpose. This melody was born out of that time, so sit back, put yer trotters up & relax to the sound of a beautifully recorded Fazioli piano from our session in Udine, Italy”
The release follows previous singles ‘The Rhythm Of A Dividing Pair’ and ‘The Haunted Victorian Pencil’, which garnered support from Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, FACT, The Quietus, Brooklyn Vegan, Consequence of Sound, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, XLR8R, Tiny Mixtapes, Exclaim! and many more. The pair additionally announced their 2020 European tour with 14 shows including two dates at London’s Round Chapel as well as stops in Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam, Berlin and more. Adam Wiltzie will also be in-store and in-conversation with Mary-Anne Hobbs at Rough Trade EAST on November 15th.
The duo is made up of Dustin O’Halloran—a brilliant pianist who has notably worked with Sofia Coppola, Jill Soloway (for his Emmy winning theme song to Transparent) and been Oscar-nominated for his score to the film Lion—and Adam Wiltzie—one of the most respected composers in his field, particularly as a founder of the iconic ambient group Stars of the Lid, who has also composed music for high-profile films, including Netflix’s 2018 Whitney documentary, as well as working with Jóhann Jóhannsson on his score for 2014’s The Theory of Everything.
On “The Undivided Five” they rekindle their unique partnership for only their second piece of original music outside of film, TV and stage commissions, creating an album that channels ritual, higher powers and unspoken creative energies. Their fifth release (following their debut album, two scores and an EP), they embraced the serendipitous role of the number five, inspired by artist Hilma af Klint and the recurrence of the perfect fifth chord.
This album sees them create bold new work built on their foundations in ambient and neoclassical. Since their 2011 self-titled debut, the duo have emerged as part of a much-lauded scene alongside peers like Max Richter, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tim Hecker and Fennesz. Their 2014 album “Atomos” was the product of a commission to score a new performance by Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor, while 2016’s “Iris” was the score for director Jalil Lespert’s thriller, “In the Shadow of Iris”. They count the likes of Jon Hopkins among their fans, who included ‘Requiem For The Static King Part One’ on his 2015 Late Night Tales compilation. They composed the score for Invisible Cities, a specially-created performance to herald 2019’s Manchester International Festival, and have played some of the world’s most celebrated venues, including a sold-out Boiler Room performance at London’s Barbican, and a 2015 BBC Proms show curated by Mary Anne Hobbs at the Royal Albert Hall.
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