Five years after Atomos and three years after Iris, respectively composed for a choreography by Wayne McGregor and a film by Jalil Lespert, Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie have once again returned to making studio albums, this being the first since their debut album in 2011. Without any bodies, movements or images requiring music, and removed from soundtracks for cinema, television and stage, these two Americans allow themselves to be guided by their instinct and their search for the essential energy of their project. However, The Undivided Five is also a sum of the events, places and people they have encountered in the course of their music making. The death of Johánn Johánnsson, with whom they had collaborated shortly before, was one of the most important influences, due to his involuntary contribution to the way in which this album would end up sounding, inspiring them to write new arrangements for strings, electronic instruments and piano. A new sound, made from affective memories and developed between Brussels, Berlin, Budapest, Udine and Reykjavik, The Undivided Five is the most ambitious and passionate work yet by the AWVFTS.
Hugo Barone, Chester Desmond