giovedì 24 giugno 2010

Stars Of The Lid - "Gravitational Pull vs. The Desire For An Aquatic Life"

Austin's Stars of the Lid are one of the leading lights of the '90s ambient/experimental music world. GRAVITATIONAL PULL, their second recording, was initially released only in an extremely limited vinyl edition. The goods folks at Kranky kindly reissued it for mass consumption, and thankfully so, since it is one of the band's finest efforts. Though they use heavily processed instruments to achieve a spacious, whirling conflagration of sound, Stars of the Lid downplay any futuristic/electronic elements in favor of a more organic vision. True to the title, this is music in tune with the elements, and the sounds of the natural world seem to pervade these works. At once spectral and earthy, GRAVITATIONAL PULL is full of subtle dynamic shifts and low-key electronic impressionism.


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