Stars of the Lid & Their Refinement of the Decline
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And so And Their Refinement Of The Decline is not only a big release because it's their first in so many years, but also because it marks the ten year period of the two musicians working together, as well as the hundredth release on the venerable Kranky label. It's another sprawling 2CD, 3LP release from the group, clocking in at over two hours in length and it's quite possibly even more massive sounding and moving than their previous album.
That's saying a lot, and while it's not quite as immediately melodic as either of the solo albums from each member of the group, it's yet another album from Stars Of The Lid that simply seeps down around you and absorbs into your being. "Dungtitled (In A Major)" opens the release with a wheeze of filtered horns, then dissolves immediately into one of their familiar, yet somehow still highly moving widescreen panoramas of blurring strings, with a horn melody that creeps back in and tiptoes the line between mournful and triumphant.Read more ›
This is the finest record to come out of 2007.
From the Bartok-esque opening strains of Dungtitled (in A Major), to the final mews of December Hunting for Vegitarian F*ckface, there isn't a point where my attention wanes or my emotions fail to be stirred. This is music that is at the same time cosmic and microscopic. It is the mechanical dreams of Pioneer 10 as it slumbers its way to infinity. It is the opera of hydrogen atoms. It is the songs of the empty spaces in the ocean, and the sound of dust motes in a beam of light as you sleep on a saturday afternoon with your dog.
With most of the 'ambient' music that is out there (Eno, Koner, Twin's SAW II, etc), it pays to let it enter the background and occasionally pop up to your attention. With SoTL's newest, I stand-sit-sprawl before my speakers in awe, with wonder at the music = no less than the bombasts of Sigur Ros or GSYBE at their finest moments. Do not buy this for sleeping. Buy this for awakening.
While I can say their music is not for everybody, I found myself quickly devouring the entire discography by the duo. Their work is loaded with sheets of sound that overlay each other in an almost endless fashion. It's drone-based ambient at its best, without any rush or hush to help you sleep like a baby or take you by the hand through your meditation.
They are within the hierarchy of this form of music. This particular CD will be with me forever. It came to me-spontaneously- from listening to the Brian Eno station on Pandora-after the loss of my mother and was the perfect setting for the dimensions of my emotions during that period. Track two and eight are particularly significant to me for their sheer beauty and texture. I love Stars of the Lid, their depth is more significant than they probably know.
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Subtle meditative music. People have called it the thinking man's music. I would also call it the wise man's music. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Venkatesh Mayya
The most concise statement about this music was made by All Music Guide: " It's an awesome thing, this album, and anyone, virtually anyone who encounters it will be in some way... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Z
This album literally "knocks my socks off," as I am in awe of the refined sound. I feel my soul uplifted. I feel my heart eased. I feel grounded when I listen to this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. LaPointe
At first listen I was reminded of Manual's Confluence but I must say this music goes even more deeper than that ;I would term this thinking man's music ,these tracks are so much... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George B. Vieto
Depressing, uplifting, life-affirming, emotion-stripping greatness. SOTL has never pulled punches, And Their Refinement is no exception. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nick
My son was happy with it, so I am happy with it!
But seriously, it is really atmospheric and beautifully recorded
How did I find this? More appropriately, how did I miss this band? I blame Pandora - and a Tim Story channel that I created, which ended up mixing in some Stars of the Lid and... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by nctomatoman
This composition is reminiscent of the work of other groups like Hammock, Bitcrush, Mum, and many others. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Robert Rounds