December 1, 2007

Stars of the Lid

This duo from Austin, Texas, is Kranky Records' alumni, and certainly an exponent of its kind in the 90's. Obviously, ambient music is not a new concept. SOTL is simply good at what they do - texture exploration, oscilating between the ambient music concept of repetition itself (also the impressionist sense of ambience) and the dark-ambient consequent mood variation.

The Ballasted Orchestra is a drone masterpiece; Avec Laudenun is a dark synth lullaby, and The Tired Sound is considered their best work to date, gathering chamber music samples and synth drones.

(2007) And Their Refinement of Decline / 192k
sharebee (part 1 / part 2)

(2007) Carte-de-Visite (self-released) / 276 VBR
sharebee (part 1 / part 2)

Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid / 320k
sharebee (part 1 / part 2 / part 3)

(1999) Avec Laudenum / 192k

(1998) Per Aspera Ad Astra / 192k

(1997) Ballasted Orchestra / 190 VBR
sharebee (part 1 / part 2)

(1996) Gravitational Pull Vs. the Desire for an Aquatic Life / 225 VBR (V0)

(1995) Music for Nitrous Oxide / 192k
sharebee (part 1 / part 2)


Tom A. said...

It sounds VERY intersting ! Thank you very much

septrox said...

Great selection, thanks!

J Thyme...kind said...

Thank you for sharing these.

J Thyme...kind said...

What else is good here on your page? Digging the ambient tip.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. Thanks for the albums.

Anonymous said...

This is perhaps their most interesting, IMHO. Dark and tense ambience.

Anonymous said...

"And Their Refinement of Decline" is considered to be as good as "Tired Sounds" by the critics. I agree. Also igmore the Dark amd Tense label above - they are Light and Relaxing.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

what is the password

Alexandre said...

What's the password for Gravitational~ ?


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