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The Tired Sounds of

Stars of the Lid Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kranky
  • ASIN: B00005QJVE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Requiem For Dying Mothers: Part 1
2. Requiem For Dying Mothers: Part 2
3. Down 3
4. Austin Texas Mental Hospital: Part 1
5. Austin Texas Mental Hospital: Part 2
6. Austin Texas Mental Hospital: Part 3
7. Broken Harbors: Part 1
8. Broken Harbors: Part 2
9. Broken Harbors: Part 3
Disc: 2
1. Mullholland
2. The Lonely People (Are Getting Lonlier)
3. Gasfarming
4. Piano Aquieu
5. Fac 21
6. Ballad Of Distances: Part 1
7. Ballad Of Distances: Part 2
8. A Lovesong (For Cubs): Part 1
9. A Lovesong (For Cubs): Part 2
10. A Lovesong (For Cubs): Part 3

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Having always made records that exist at the margins of descriptive language, this project by Austin, Texas' most spaced-out duo, Stars of the Lid, is their most ambitious to date, featuring 11 tracks parceled over two CDs (or three LPs), four of which are multi-part suites. Taking a step further down the road they embarked upon with Avec Laudanum, the duo have expanded the pure space and black hole vistas they offered on Music for Nitrous Oxide and The Ballasted Orchestra to embrace small melodic fragments that seemingly endlessly repeat through minimally varying textures. The effect can either be soothing ("Requiem for Dying Mothers"), hypnotic ("Broken Harbors"), or unsettling ("Austin Texas Mental Hospital"). The trademark analogue guitar/tape cut ups are ever present; what would normally be considered the sound of a guitar is nowhere in aural earshot. Traces of piano, strings, and even horns are layered into the mix, primarily on the second disc on "Mulholland," "Fac 21" (not a reference to an obscure record on the legendary Factory label, but a classroom on the University of Texas campus where Radio, Television and Film classes were taught), and "Piano Aquieu." The final two suits, "Ballad of Distances" and "A Lovesong (For Cubs)," are based on single and double-note piano intros that are heavily treated and meet minimal accompaniment by strings shimmering in the background in haunting melodies and droning ambient backdrops. There is a progression in all the music here, but it is so subtle, so quiet and un-intrusive, the listener would have to pay very careful attention to everything that is happening. More realistic, however, is for those who take pleasure in SOTL's music and inner space explorations -- for this truly is a music of the inner terrain -- to offer themselves little distraction other than a comfortable chair or resting place in order to let this music enter at will, naturally and expand until it takes you over the edge into something resembling sleep, but far more delicious. Despite its more songlike structures, More Tired Songs is actually for those who are tired of songs, period, and are looking for something less, something unspeakably beautiful and determinedly unmentionable in its vast and luxuriant erasure from any musical category.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating... 7 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Stars of the Lid are often spoken of in the same sentance as Boards of Canada, and it was mainly for this reason that I bought the album, but in truth there is little similarity. Where "Music has the right to children" was nostalgic, warm, dreamlike and richly varied, highly vocal and evocative, "Tired sounds" is almost arctic by comparison - beautiful and inhuman, as though nothing organic or tangible was ever used in its making, as though it was purpose-designed by a machine for almost excessive lucidity and hypnotic emptiness. Excellent.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Acoustic Melatonin 10 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
This record is absolutely wonderful. I bought it at Staalplaat, Amsterdam and I listened to it in my hotel bathroom, whilst trying to wind down one night. I don't want to cheapen this review by calling it "ambient" or "wind down" music, however, it definitely centres the listener. Some of the drones are very subtle and often you don't really know what has happened in the track until it is over ! But take it from me, this is very very beautiful tender, maybe bruised music. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mùm - Boards of Canada - Stars of the Lid 17 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
I found this album by following Amazon’s (very helpful) "Explore similar artists" link, with magnificent Mùm and Boards of Canada as my starting points. Although I forcefully reject the assumption that Stars of the Lid be in any significant way "similar" to Mùm or BoC, I must say that it certainly is true that those who enjoy music by the aforementioned groups are likely to appreciate the content of this recording as well (indeed, I am living proof of this). I think explaining why in my opinion Stars of the Lid differ from Mùm and BoC alike, as well as why I was nonetheless taken in by their music, might help other customers to determine where this group stands in the musical scene.
However gentle, both albums by Mùm also have a strong rhythmic structure, mostly based on "micro-beats." It is the latter that provides the crackly effect people often mention when describing their music. Through repetition and layering, these micro-beats create a suggestive and very hypnotic atmosphere (the kind of warmth one feels at wintertime in front of a - well... "crackling" - fire when the wind is gushing outdoors). The female components of Mùm (two twin sisters) sing to the music in a sweet, gentle, almost childlike fashion, which of course adds to the charm enormously. All in all, repeated micro-beats (often similar to the mechanical chiming of a music box), romantic overlying melodies and graceful vocal renderings make listening to Mùm's music a very soothing experience.
Boards of Canada, on the other hand, use very powerful, at times overtly aggressive rhythmic patterns, notwithstanding the presence of a constant underlying hum.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layered loveliness 2 Jun 2003
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If you like your ambience blissed-out and life-affirming as opposed to soul-destroying( *reviewer nods towards Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 2*), then you might just want to consider giving this a listen. At over 120 minutes long it undoubtedly requires patience on the listener's part, but unlike many of the records in this genre it never gets boring. I spent three years looking for a near-perfect ambient record, and after listening to 'Tired Sounds' I can safely say that the search is over.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a weight to this music 17 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sounds ring out, starting like a symphonic swell, and ending with a twinkle of piano, or perhaps horns? As with previous SOTL releases, it's probably treated guitar, but to the blind listener it sounds like an orchestra reverberating through some vast space.

There must be something going on here between the tones. A sadness, perhaps more palpable than any other release I have heard. How these wordless, melodically sparse (at best!) songs can transmit such power is astounding, but maybe this is how it should always have been done - cut the bombast, enhance the message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive, Majestic and Peerless 25 Feb 2012
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Well here it is, the best aural pleasure you could possibly present to your ears.

Ive owned it since 2001. Its always in slots 1 & 2 of the car cd player and probably played in some form or other several times a week.

Very difficult to put into words, but listening to Tired Sounds is probably the aural equivalent of being scooped up by some warm, cosseting cloud and floating into a drifting numbness. I have not really heard anything else quite like it. Over the years of listening to it, my favourite track has changed several times. It often reveals something new when listening intently.

The music is very slow, almost orchestral, enveloping, warm, evolving, beautifully melodic and immersive. True ambience. Very easy to listen to.... But I guess a lot of people could find it too slow. There is no percussion or vocals (apart from the rare spoken word), but oh, those sweeping melodic swoons and awesome bass lines.... Everyone should have a copy.
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