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Stars of the Lid


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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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  • Actium

    They used drones before it became popular.

    15 Apr 7:20pm Reply
  • dewg0ng

    what do we think of that shrek video then boys

    10 Apr 8:41pm Reply
  • jack_rae

    Confirmed it's Don't Bother They're Here, first a viral Shrek video, now a blockbuster trailer, SotL are selling out!

    6 Apr 10:31am Reply
  • jack_rae

    Is their music in the new Godzilla trailer?

    6 Apr 10:25am Reply
  • smokethecosmos

    i put faith in love, love and patience .

    5 Apr 8:41pm Reply
  • neckermanncj

    Scenario: A) You could have a new album from Stars of the Lid sometime within the next few weeks, but they unfortunately decide it's the last thing they do and break up right after it's released. OR B) they don't release anything new for two years and finally come out with something in early 2016 (a realistic possibility), continue to be a band, tour on and off and release something new every 10 years after that.

    27 Mar 4:08am Reply
  • hidetheglove

    owl city says he was really influenced by stars of the lid and it's really funny cus that's bullshit.

    26 Mar 2:52pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    Splendid Heroics Outlining Unchained Tranquility.

    23 Mar 9:55pm Reply


    21 Mar 12:41pm Reply
  • ava1enzue1a

    "On more than one occasion I have considered calling their music 'life affirming.'" - Amen to that.

    21 Mar 4:32am Reply
  • trashcity_

    For some reason I would've never guessed they came from Texas

    18 Mar 2:51am Reply
  • rudykarol

    bardzo to jest ładne ;)

    26 Feb 6:46pm Reply
  • Derek-H

    On more than one occasion I have considered calling their music "life affirming."

    25 Feb 9:49am Reply
  • larsvolta

    Stars of the Lid is in a league of its own.

    24 Feb 9:39pm Reply
  • DrDion1993

    Sleepy time

    21 Feb 9:57am Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    просто охуенны, на стыке арво пярта и музыки из твин пикса, музыка для настоящих гурманов

    13 Feb 3:12pm Reply
  • neckermanncj

    just announce a new album already god damn it!!!

    12 Feb 5:29am Reply
  • bryanbaum

    stumbled on these guys recently. so fucking good as well... it's like sotl + william basinski = willamette

    27 Jan 10:13pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    Amazing musicians, wish they'd create a new album some time.

    17 Jan 6:25pm Reply
  • cliquott

    It's happening again...

    16 Jan 9:44pm Reply
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