Stars of the Lid The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
Release date: 10.29.01
17 years ago today, The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid was released. The album features long minimal, droning compositions created from heavily treated guitar, horn, flute, piano, and other classical instruments. But it is so much more than a written description. In all actually, attempting to describe the beauty that was captured in these compositions is truly indescribable. The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid is ambient perfection and will be celebrated for many years to come.
Pitchfork placed The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid at number 187 on its list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. In 2016, Pitchfork also ranked the album at number six on its list of the 50 best ambient albums of all time.
Aix Em Klemm Self-Titled LP
Release date: 10.26.00
18 years ago today, Aix Em Klemm, a collaboration between Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid) and Bobby Donne (Labradford) released their one and only AEK LP. You might remember the Trance Syndicate Kahanek Incident series of remix 12" singles from years back; Labradford remixed Stars Of The Lid material into a track called "Texas" and Stars Of The Lid reworked Labradford music into a selection called "Virginia." Collaboration between Donne and Wiltzie began as an exchange of music by mail and continued in two recording sessions at Wiltzie's Austin, TX studio, completed in May 2000. These are songs.
Stretched out at times, sometimes with fragmented pieces of song structure carefully placed inside. Present are slowly developing melodies that still manage to hook your ears. The guitar-based clouds of Stars Of The Lid are here, as well as the clanks of Bobby Donne's bass, augmented by a deft mixture of samples and keyboards.
The measure of any collaboration is the extent to which it exceeds the sum of its parts. Aix Em Klemm is more than an a combination of one part Labradford and one part Stars Of The Lid. The attention the musicians paid to range and detail is reflected in the rewards the listener receives.