Stars Of The LidThe Ballasted Orchestra

Label:Kranky – KRANK 015
CD, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Ambient, Dark Ambient, Drone


1Central Texas3:43
2Sun Drugs12:20
3Down II1:22
5Fucked Up (3:57 AM)8:32
Music For Twin Peaks Episode #30
6Part I8:01
7Part II13:32
8The Artificial Pine Arch Song18:00

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Recorded on four track cassette in East Austin.

CD release does not include the tracks "24 Inch Cymbal" or "(Untitled)" found on the double vinyl release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 310U3<7105>KRANK015 DADR
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8123
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 07BX8<7105>KRANK015 DADR
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L489
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8116

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The Ballasted Orchestra (2×LP, Album)KrankyKRANK 015US1997
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The Ballasted Orchestra (CD, Album)KrankyKRANK 015US1997
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The Ballasted Orchestra (2×LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo)Kranky, KrankyKRANK 015, Krank015 LPUS2013
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The Ballasted Orchestra (CD, Album)KrankyKRANK 015USUnknown
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The Ballasted Orchestra (8×File, MP3, Album, Reissue, 320 kbps)KrankynoneUnknown



  • shindo's avatar
    Edited 4 years ago
    Love this, and no other SotL compares, it's really unique. The Ballasted Orchestra somehow bridges an ambient gap between indie guitar distortion and electronic drone. The album Kevin Shields might have made if he fell asleep at the decks before recording Loveless.

    Music for Twin Peaks Episode #30 Part I is just sublime, like a submarine drifting through the waves.The Artificial Pine Arch Song is perhaps the most beautiful drone ever created.

    The Ballasted Orchestra would sound like a weighty nightmare slowed down. Wish I had the vinyl so I could play it on 16rpm and let the tracks last longer. So much ballast.
    • podfunk's avatar
      Not as well known as the group's later, more melancholic, string driven outings, TBO is nevertheless a fantastic work of agrophobic ambience. Imagine the organic drift of Eno's beautiful and seminal On Land but created only on electric guitars. Sounds impossible? Let SOTL transport through fantsic mental landscapes. Never in a hurry, SOTL let sounds gradually accumulate and seep into the unconscious mind on The Ballasted Orchestra. Ambient music fanatics really shouldn't miss this one and will probably have the thing looping on repeat all day.
      • Gecks's avatar
        Edited 18 years ago
        As an album, I don't think this quite flows as well as other SOTL releases. Perhaps due to the 'darker' nature of some tracks, which is not to my tastes, and I don't think they pull them off that well. However, it contains some great moments, such as the aptly named 'Sun Drugs' in which you can almost feel the heat across the back of your neck, and the closer 'The Artificial Pine Arch Song' - 18 minutes of swirling bliss. I don't know what's making those noises (as with most SOTL it's probably guitar, swathed in effects), but it is my favourite SOTL track, and consequently one of my favourite pieces of music.

        Essential album for those interested in true ambient music, although as a complete work, their 2001 double disc outing 'The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid' is perhaps better.


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