Dustin O’Halloran may be better known these days for his work as one half of A Winged Victory for the Sullen. Fair play to him too because the duo have garnered a reputation for creating wonderful soundscapes laced with piano over the course of their two albums to date. It’s hardly surprising that such attention fell upon the pair though given their respective backgrounds as musicians. And it is in his solo guise that I first discovered his wonderful piano compositions.
Reading about guys like O’Halloran does make me feel like a fraud. Like him, I started playing piano at the age of 6/7 but unlike him my thoughts turned to grunge and being cooler than I ever was whilst he was off composing his own piano pieces, enrolling in music school and developing his skill and craft. My limitations as a pianist I am acutely aware of, so I love to listen to the beauty created by people like O’Halloran and tap in to the idea that more often than not, it’s the beauty you create and not the technical gift that you own. With O’Halloran it’s obviously both and I adore his work as a solo artist. Yes, he’s moved on and A Winged Victory do appear to be the focus of his work with his last solo album surfacing in 2011. However, as a pianist his work as a solo artist, as well as AWVFTS is stunning and something you should definitely invest in.