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 genre as outstretched arms. Along with making ear balm, they released a slew of esoteric ambient records, full of dissonant texture, beguiling stringwork and hilarious song titles. Their Kranky-approved discography is well-worth digging into, as their layers of processed instrumentation have meant many different things over the years.
Stars of the Lid came up with the post-rock generation: it might seem a little off to put them in the same camp as Godspeed and Bark Psychosis, but these bands occupied the same space in revolutionising song structure and sonic expectation. John Peel and Simon Reynolds were chief architects of this idea, suggesting that the slowly grown swells and emotive implications of early Stars of the Lid was as climactic a compositional style as any. Having created records that initially experimented with drone's textures, their later work is marked by an obsession with perfecting dynamics. Hearing The Tired Sounds of and And Their Refinement Of The Decline now, it's impossible not to hear the precision with which each song rises; it's not in the chords that this duo found their beauty, but in the way they pronounce them.
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