3LP - Black Vinyl Repress.
After the near symphonic exercise of engaging the void that was Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid in 2001, it was hard to believe there was anything left to do. Wrong. Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie emerged from the studio in early 2007 with the equally huge And Their Refinement of the Decline. The notion of symphonic here is, without doubt, still present, but not in any normal way. Over two very differently themed discs, and three LPs, Stars of the Lid engage long conceptual ideas from a place one can only call micro-minimalism. An obsession with drones fading in and out on all kinds of instruments is what takes precedent here, whether that be a string section, a solo cello, harp, trumpet or a children's choir.
"I simply feel that they are making the most important music of the 21st century."
- Ivo Watts-Russell - 4AD label founder
"Crushingly sad, lightly melancholic, or even uplifting, depending on the state of mind of the hearer… a sound divorced from intention and its ambiguity is its strength."
"The sound of deep sea disintegration… a work of art." - Tiny Mix Tapes
"Music of such quiet and devastating power it can silence a room in five minutes without the volume knob on the stereo being manipulated. Deeply moving…." - AllMusic
"Traces the fluid contours of a void through diaphanous lines that reveal all of its miasmal abstraction." - Dusted
"A two-hour juggernaut of careful dynamics and warm tones." - XLR8R
A1. Dungtitled (In A Major) [5:55]
A2. Part 1 [5:21]
A3. Part 2 [5:34]
A4. The Evil That Never Arrived [4:49]
B1. Apreludes (In C Sharp Major) [3:46]
B2. Don't Bother They're Here [10:10]
B3. Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage [5:06]
C1. Even If You're Never Awake (Deuxième) [9:15]
C2. Even (Out) + [4:50]
C3. A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaning(less) Process [4:22]
D1. Another Ballad For Heavy Lids [4:31]
D2. The Daughters Of Quiet Minds [13:16]
D3. Hiberner Toujours [1:42]
E1. That Finger On Your Temple Is The Barrel Of My Raygun [5:05]
E2. Humectez La Mouture [5:31]
E3. Tippy's Demise [8:09]
F1. The Mouthchew [3:39]
F2. December Hunting For Vegetarian Fuckface [17:14]