Stars Of The Lid Vinyl, CD & tapes by Stars Of The Lid at Norman Records

Adam Wiltzie and the fantastically named Brian McBride are two of drone’s best-loved boys. Their final two records, The Tired Sounds of plus And Their Refinement Of The Decline, are known for their swelling, soothing instrumentation, offering the ...read more »

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Brian McBride
The Effective Disconnect (Music Composed for Vanishing of the Bees)

Brian McBride you'll know as one half of Stars of the Lid and if you like their slowly unfurling brand of ambience you are going to adore this solo work. It's a soundtrack for a film about those wonderful if sadly disappearing creatures bees. McBride has produced an elegant work of forlorn instrumentals with a far reaching sadness and where the sound of silence plays a part as big as the sound of his instruments.  

Stars Of The Lid
The Tired Sounds of

Repress of Stars of the Lid’s 2001 neo-classical drone album, The Tired Sounds of. The way this album ebbs and flows is unlike much you’ll hear from music. It has far more in common with waves beating against a shore. The glacial pace of its changes suggest a timelessness. It sounds massive, and I feel.. small.

Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

Gravitational Pull vs. the Desire for an Aquatic Life is, I have to say, a pretty fantastically appropriate title for a Stars of the Lid album. Captures the elemental, slow-moving feel of their drone compositions, not to mention their profound beauty. This is their second album, from 1996, on Kranky Records.
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Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid's seventh studio album saw a slight hesitation in what appeared to be a progression further into orchestrated ambience. The previous LP's rich, stately tone does make up a lot of the character, but a return to the exploration of non-musical, abstract sonic nuance is where the magic is here, still wonderful in repress.

Stars Of The Lid
The Ballasted Orchestra

Stars Of The Lid’s second (or third depending on how you’re counting) LP gets a timely reissue courtesy of Kranky. The importance of The Ballasted Orchestra continues to grow more than two decades on from its 1997 release. Subsequent milestones such as William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops and The Caretaker’s An Empty Bliss Beyond This World owe a huge debt to the thousand-yard ambiences here.

Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Salero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The expansive soundtrack to the 2015 film Salero, a documentary about Bolivia's lithium reserves. Inspired by director Mike Plunkett's stunning cinematography, composer Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid/A Winged Victory For the Sullen) delivers a gorgeous ambient backdrop to the salt-flats of Salar de Uyuni. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Erased Tapes label.

Stars Of the Lid/ Jon Mccafferty
Per Aspera Ad Astra

Per Aspera Ad Astra, the collaborative record between ambient composers Stars Of The Lid and abstract painter Jon McCafferty, is just as magical a listen now as it was back in 1998 when Kranky first released it. Come to think of it, this is probably why Per Aspera Ad Astra’s been given a reissue. The Texan duo worked on this music as McCafferty painted in the same studio, with each responding to the other as they went. It makes for some of the group’s most inspired music - The Caretaker and William Basinski were probably paying attention to this thing the first time around.

Stars Of The Lid
Avec Laudenum

Kranky have reissued a few of Stars Of The Lid’s records recently, one of which is the duo’s 1999 LP Avec Laudenum. As is usually the case with the Texan duo’s music, their fifth full-length is full of glacial post-minimalist ambient compositions. Three-part opus ‘The Atomium’ is slow and sonorous while ‘Dust Breeding (1.316)+’ and ‘I Will Surround You’ maintain the grainy quality of Stars Of The Lid’s Jon McCafferty collaborations. Another quiet triumph.

Adam Wiltzie
American Woman OST

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Maneuvering The Nocturnal Hum (E.P.)+

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Music For Nitrous Oxide

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Carte De Viste SOTL 2008

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