Stars Of The Lid

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A drone-based ambient music duo, comprising Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. The duo formed in Austin, Texas in 1993 and they list among their influences minimalist and electronic composers such as Arvo Pärt, Zbigniew Preisner, Gavin Bryars, and Henryk Górecki, as well as Talk Talk, Labradford, and ambient innovator Brian Eno. Their songs are largely beatless soundscapes, composed of droning, effects-treated guitars along with piano, strings, and horns; volume swells and feedback fill the gap of rhythmic instruments, providing dynamic movement within the songs. Their sound has been described as "divine, classical drone without the tedious intrusion of drums or vocals."
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Stars Of The Lid Discography Tracks

Albums

Stars Of The Lid Music For Nitrous Oxide (Album) Sedimental US 1995 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid Gravitational Pull Vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life (Album) Sedimental US 1996 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid The Ballasted Orchestra (Album) Kranky US 1997 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid, Jon McCafferty Stars Of The Lid, Jon McCafferty - Per Aspera Ad Astra (Album) Kranky US 1998 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid Avec Laudenum (Album) Sub Rosa Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid (Album) Kranky, Kranky, Kranky US 2001 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline (Album) Kranky, Kranky US 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TR-60 Labradford · Stars Of The Lid Labradford · Stars Of The Lid - The Kahanek Incident - Volume 3(12") Trance Syndicate Records TR-60 US 1997 Sell This Version
Stars Of The Lid Maneuvering The Nocturnal Hum (E.P.)+ (EP) Earworm UK 1998 Sell This Version
3301 Stars Of The Lid / Windsor For The Derby Stars Of The Lid / Windsor For The Derby - Julie Delpy / WNYU Radio(7", Single, Ltd, Num) 33 Degrees 3301 US 1998 Sell This Version

Compilations

none Stars Of The Lid Carte-De-Visite(CD, Comp, Ltd) Not On Label (Stars Of The Lid Self-released) none US 2007 Sell This Version

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The-Earth-Looks-Flat

The-Earth-Looks-Flat

May 15, 2018
I wonder if we'll get any new material from SOTL? I sincerely hope so! The solos and other projects are very good i.e. "A Winged Victory For The Sullen" and particularly Brian McBride's 2 solo albums, but Stars Of The Lid are what I really want and I miss their sound! Come on Brian, come on Adam get back in the studio together and bless your long time fans with a triple album! Wouldn't that be great?
nppls

nppls

September 16, 2017
where oh were have you been stars of the lid?
schabi10

schabi10

June 2, 2017
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Adam & Brian are able to transport me into another world. I'm really glad i've come across these 2 guys. Love their work! Favorite Album: "The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid" from 2001 with my all time favorite "Austin Texas Mental Hospital". Hope more of their albums will get a repress!
Leitmotif612

Leitmotif612

February 10, 2015
Any word on Kranky doing more reissues?
Twenty90

Twenty90

January 12, 2014
One of my favourites, music from another planet. So beautiful.

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