Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline
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1Dungtitled (In a Major)5:54
2Articulate Silences Part 1 5:24
3Articulate Silences Part 2 5:37
4The Evil That Never Arrived 5:05
5Apreludes (In C Sharp Major)3:45
6Don't Bother They're Here 10:10
7Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage 5:55
8Even If You're Never Awake 9:21
9Even ( (Out)4:52
10A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning (Less) (Less)4:33
11Another Ballad for Heavy Lids 4:33
12The Daughters of Quiet Minds 13:22
13Hiberner Toujours 1:49
14That Finger On Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun 5:05
15Humectez La Mouture 5:31
16Tippy's Demise 8:19
17The Mouthchew 3:41
18December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface 17:46

The 7th studio album from Stars of the Lid is ready for your sonic immersion. Painstakingly recorded, processed and assembled over the last five years, SOTL once again deliver a massive work filling two compact discs and three vinyl albums, clocking in at over two hours. While most albums of this length would be considered tedious at best, SOTL are arguably the only contemporary composers who can seemingly alter the time-space continuum simply through the playback of their organized sound. They take time itself and stretch, compress and turn it inside out, altering what would otherwise be an arduous test of nerves into an interlude of half awake dreams that ends too soon.

In this album, SOTL picks up where The Tired Sounds Of... left off with an emphasis on melodic development, moving their epic soundscapes beyond mere drone and subsequently frustrating all the typical ambient cliches associated with their music. Perhaps the best references for this current work would be found in the score to the film Le Mepris by Georges Delerue, the orchestral works of Zbigniew Preisner, or the 1958 CSO/ Fritz Reiner recording of Hovhaness' Mysterious Mountain, specifically the third movement. But in the final analysis, such comparisons are superfluous at best, as Stars of the Lid have created a musical universe in which they are the sole inhabitant.

Simply put, this album is a masterpiece.

"I simply feel that they are making the most important music of the 21st century." Ivo Watts-Russell - 4AD label founder