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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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  • FeatgaryTD

    Mmm. The sound of waking up.

    2 hours ago Reply
  • bnyp

    not like i could sleep anyway

    25 Aug 11:41pm Reply
  • Bloody-Lunar

    John Cage Jr. XIV & the Chloroform Addicts.

    25 Aug 10:09pm Reply
  • velvetpancake

    Stars of the Lid sound almost like a stripped down version of Labradford, who themselves sound like a stripped down version of GYBE. Who will strip down SotL?

    23 Aug 9:32pm Reply
  • Bloody-Lunar

    The cold gallstones of the puzzled meat muppet.

    19 Aug 2:59pm Reply
  • ballsackmask

    it's clearly netspeak for: GOOOOD MORNING, CAPTAIN DUCKFACE.

    18 Aug 2:57pm Reply
  • Orbonen

    what the hell is that supposed to mean

    18 Aug 12:50pm Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    @neckermanncj: I would not be opposed to this. Much appreciated.

    11 Aug 9:12pm Reply
  • vibrationofsoul

    they refined my decline if you know what I mean ;) [2]

    7 Aug 3:27pm Reply
  • neckermanncj

    would anyone want mp3 audio of their live show last December in Brooklyn? I ripped the stream and broke up the files into individual tracks because it's easier to listen that way (and also I want the scrobbles). A couple of the songs that don't usually use strings have strings and they sound better than the originals!

    7 Aug 3:52am Reply

    perfect for writing

    6 Aug 4:30pm Reply
  • m-saIami

    Wow they are in the Godzilla trailer

    4 Aug 8:20pm Reply
  • trashcity_

    Music to code to

    3 Aug 10:44pm Reply
  • sseannoah

    best band

    30 Jul 1:17am Reply
  • smwxs

    it's really all about tippy's demise~

    23 Jul 7:20pm Reply
  • beachredlullaby

    666 plays of Dungtitled lats week.

    23 Jul 6:03pm Reply
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  • larsvolta

    No hurry. Their previous material speaks for itself and is more than sufficient in the meantime. If there's a new album out in 2015, or two decades from now, it'll be right on time.

    14 Jul 6:15am Reply
  • oldpink

    they refined my decline if you know what I mean ;)

    13 Jul 3:04am Reply
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