and Their Refinement of the Decline - Stars of the Lid (2007, Kranky)
The reason I started this Sisyphean listening project was that I knew that I had music in my iTunes that was totally awesome, but I didn't know it, and so I wouldn't listen to it. Finding music like and Their Refinement of the Decline completely justifies this project.
I think that I found Stars of the Lid accidentally, looking for Stars as Eyes. You know, electronica or drone ambient, who knows the difference?
This album is beautiful. I'm a big fan of ambient music, anything with a full sound that allows me to get totally lost within the music, so that I listen to all 16 tracks, hardly aware of any passage of time. Instead content to sit and watch the moon rise through the ripple glass of the dining room window.
It's that good.
[It also caused a deep crisis in my life because it reminds me intensely of William Basinski's Disintegration Loops, which I had, at one point, on my computer and alas, now only have an empty folder labeled "William Basinski" (luckily the boy came through for me, huzzah for douchey indie folks).]
The music is slow and rich, with strings and beauty and wonderfulness. A little difficult to write about, however I would like to point out that one of the tags on this album on Last.fm is "music to write dissertation to." This is true. My thesis is going very well with music like this ringing through my bones.
I'm not going to bother with the Favorite/Least Favorite Tracks for this one - it needs to be listened to in its entirety, preferably while relaxing next to a window at night.
next up - And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out - Yo La Tengo (2000)