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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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  • cadavreflex

    If you've destroyed the majestic resonance of love, you'd best search for greater clarity.

    23 Jan 1:49pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    If you loved and have been through lots of magnetic resonance sessions, this is the band for you.

    20 Jan 8:47pm Reply
  • Sugandha1729

    These guys overdo it. I mean, underdo it.

    20 Jan 4:44am Reply
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  • Murtain

    If I could listen to just one album for the rest of my life I would want it to be The Tired Sounds of Stars of The Lid.

    18 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    yeah, 9m, nice job remembering my old profile.

    17 Jan 10:09pm Reply

    Life is a comatose joke with a brainwave for a punchline: we're alive because we don't know we're dead.

    16 Jan 10:51pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    the meaning of life is to be kind.

    14 Jan 2:53pm Reply
  • momoko_number_3

    the sun is too bright and they cut off my eyelids so i have to walk around half-blind; i'm half-deaf too, the alarm clock never worked anyway. this wasn't what i wanted, but there you go and so you have it. i miss when i was a really distinct animal, that is what i liked most of all, being agile enough to swing around from branch to branch like an orangutan who knows she's loved because she doesn't know what love is, let's not nitpick, i'm ok with being a woman. it's not like i had a say and even if i did that say is so way said, it's so way said as to be practically inaudible, it's bouncing across the whole universe. maybe i'm the echo of something dead. think about it. the origin of these words is now dead. we are using a dead person's tongue; not even our own words, how horrible. we're just rephrasing obituary columns and OP-ed hatchetjobs with our dismal and petty, mean-spirited and narrow little lives.

    10 Jan 12:54am Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    At any rate, I really appreciate this band and will likely never tire of their wonderful music.

    9 Jan 11:18pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    "you're = your in modern netspeak;" ??

    9 Jan 11:18pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    here's a great song to embrace.

    9 Jan 3:27am Reply
  • p_o_l_i_s_w_a_g

    topp lel

    7 Jan 11:36pm Reply
  • lewwatt

    well, at least we're not all a bunch we're not all a bunch of hive-minded, agreeable borgs. no, such glory exists solely for tomrow : of hive-minded, agreeable borgs. no, such glory exists solely for tomorwell, at least( solely for [2]

    7 Jan 9:35pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    well, at least we're not all a bunch of hive-minded, agreeable borgs. no, such glory exists solely for tomorrow :(

    7 Jan 2:34pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    Welcome to the online music experience. Your taste sucks and mine doesn't. You have now completed the online music experience.

    6 Jan 5:03pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    lewwatt, just bookmark my links and remember to come back to them, some rainy may day.

    6 Jan 4:17am Reply
  • cadavreflex

    hahaha, internet severance for me would be a form of death so dark & devious even hell would blush in envy.

    6 Jan 2:38am Reply
  • Your_Sick

    That's interesting. What would life be like if one became suddenly, completely deprived of all connection with the internet. I am so saturated by it these days... It would be such a shock. I sense it would be like returning to the womb.

    6 Jan 12:51am Reply
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