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Austin, United States (1993 – present)

Stars of the Lid are a band specializing in -based music. 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 (both bands have tracks named “Taphead”), post-rock artists Labradford, and ambient innovator Brian Eno. Their music largely consists of 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.

Formed in Austin, Texas in 1993, the band has two members — Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie. Both have released solo material, the former under his own name and the latter under the The Dead Texan alias. Their 2001 album, a double-LP named The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid, was released to generally positive reviews. The follow up, Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline, another double-disc album, was again released on Chicago’s revered Kranky Records—the label’s milestone 100th release—on April 2nd.


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  • beatsdontstop

    Hey Opus6, as a new listener I'd suggest you first go for Refinement of the Decline, with Tired Sounds next in line. Both great though.

    20 May 9:02am Reply
  • Opus6

    Such a kind muse, so beautifully fusing one's mind with the most stellar of all horizons. Here's a peace for you, May, in appreciative token.

    19 May 3:20pm Reply
  • Mayrocknroll

    Opus6: "The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid" gets my vote as best starter album. It's the one I listen to the most.

    19 May 3:44am Reply
  • Opus6

    Best album to start with?

    18 May 11:20pm Reply
  • Cheladas

    Interesting how if you play Taphead loudly enough you can hear what sounds like polka in the background.

    18 May 4:08am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    vvv Cept' those things change on the daily, brah. Superb Avatar btw.

    18 May 3:09am Reply
  • Wubzilla

    Just seen i'm one of the top 4 listeners... life goal reached

    17 May 9:15pm Reply
  • LyreCZ

    didn't know there was a composer kindergarten for koalas in luxembourg

    13 May 12:30pm Reply
  • tavort

    a meaningless band wasting my meaningful time

    11 May 11:58am Reply
  • tavort

    reminds me of the tunes i used to make when i was in kindergarten

    11 May 11:56am Reply
  • acclamationsun

    This really cures my springtime headache. Thank you, SOTL

    4 May 7:05pm Reply
  • whatshalliput

    Yeah, Low Level Listening is amazing

    2 May 10:28am Reply
  • AtmosphericPhil

    why is Per Apsera Ad Astra so underrated? it's their only album I've listened to as for now and it's weird that people don't like it that much because it's so good.

    28 Apr 8:21pm Reply
  • subtlerfuge

    I need to listen to this more often.

    20 Apr 1:39pm Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    piano aquieu

    20 Apr 12:24am Reply
  • sandrarichm

    Cool Music

    10 Apr 6:12am Reply
  • hugebebe

    Tippy's Demise = ❤️‍

    5 Apr 5:07pm Reply
  • hugebebe

    v - if u can't say anything nice GET OFF THE GOD-DAMNED INTERNET!

    5 Apr 5:06pm Reply
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  • Inuzini

    pull the stick out from yr ass, it's drone music not finishing school

    26 Mar 2:21pm Reply
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