stars of the lid

Avec Laudanum

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Stars of the Lid (Austin, Texas) are Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride (guitars). They released in few years some of the purest records from"Music for Nitrous Oxide" - the first Stars of the Lid full length cd, 1994-95 released on Sedimental to "Per Aspera Ad Astra" released on Kranky in 1998. Since Brian left for Chicago, Adam has become the main composer, using sounds Brian sends him to remix and create songs as well. Adam: "Basically I am trying to create classical music from unclassical sources..."

ATOMIUM AND LAUDANUM

These are tracks that think nothing of spending minutes between chord changes, but they are never [really never] boring; they pull you into such a hyper-alert hypnosis - it is absolutely thrilling and a perfect resolution to the tension set up by the previous minutes... [we continue to be in awe of what these two guys can do with a simple 4-track recorder and a sackful of unidentifiable but presumably garden variety musical instruments...]. With the Atomium Suite, Stars of the Lid are at the summit of their art - pure deep inside thrills. More than brillant guitar soundscapes: transcendental sounds aiming for a celestial serenity, liquid mass coerced by invisible forces, enormous washes of phosphorescent sound pan through the murk like graceful leviathans.

FEATURES

BRIAN MCBRIDE
ADAM WILTZIE

TRACK LISTING CD / VINYL - 5 TRACKS

01 The Atomium_ Part One 5:32
02 The Atomium_ Part Two 10:43
03 The Atomium_ Part Three 6:16

04 Dust Breeding (1.316) 9:06
05 I Will Surround You 10:25