Stars of the Lid's classic 1994 debut re-issued in 2008 with new mastering and artwork.
That's amazing 4-track recording that is created in the spirit of Eno, Main, and Spacemen 3.
Produced without keyboards, this lo-fi ambient journey employs predominately guitar,
avoiding typical rock elements while still possessing the ôhomeö recorded feel of so much
Being based in Austin, a town loaded with so many heavy guitar bands, one wonders how they
came to make such hypnotic and engaging sounds. Especially when Stars mastermind Adam
Wiltzie is involved with so many "rock" bands himself, having recorded Ed Hall's
Motherscratcher and its forthcoming release, the Flaming Lips Peel Sessions, as well as
running sound for Bad Livers, and Doo Rag tours. Citing Cage, Spacemen 3, Robert from Main
and Loop, nitrous oxide, and Bedhead as artistic inspirations, he also comments the group is
a reaction against the "muscle" rock and C&W that dominates the Austin music scene and a way
to withdraw from it.
As Sedimental stated in 1994 - "despite their current unknown status, we at Sedimental were
so impressed by the music of Stars of the Lid , we felt it worthy of our first CD release.
After giving this a few listens(especially the brilliant trio of tracks 7,8, and 9), we are
sure you will think they belong on the same plateau as EAR, Labradford, Main, and Organum".
Limited to 1000 copies.
1 Before Top Dead Center
6 (Live) Lid
7 Tape Hiss Makes Me Happy
8 The Swell Song
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