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Stars of the Lid Extend-lid Universe ranked

been on a kick heyy
15Brian McBride
The Effective Disconnect

3.0- film score stuff yanno
14Stars of the Lid
Per Aspera Ad Astra

3.2- You'd think ballasted leftovers would be better lmfao
13Aix Em Klemm
Aix Em Klemm

3.5- still kinda don't get this one but "Sophteonal" is an undeniable highlight
12A Winged Victory for the Sullen

3.5- generally not wild about SOTLshit getting more obvious and symphonic given how distinct and potent their touch with analog texture is but this fine yeah
11A Winged Victory for the Sullen
Invisible Cities

3.5- Like this one a lot (Especially "Total Perspective Vortex", whew baby) but really don't revisit it that much. Eh, it's a performance art score thing?
10Stars of the Lid
Avec Laudenum

3.5+ SOTL have always been slow but Avec makes a record like The Dead Texan look like the fuckin' sex pistols, "I Will Surround You" and "The Atomium" are both downright glacial. The payoffs? big worth (I always consider bumping this to a 4 somewhere around the end of Atomium or the beginning of Dust Breeding), but the trek is long and the climate not always forgiving. chillier than usual too, brrr
9Stars of the Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

4- Gas giant makes local hipster feel emotions
8Stars of the Lid
Gravitational Pull vs the Desire for an Aquatic Li

4- Jankiest tracklist in an early career rife with jank sequencing: all the best shit is packed into the relatively short bookends but ohhhhhhh those bookends! ESPECIALLY "Be Little With Me", predicting all their most rewarding excursions into dense psychedelic abstraction ("Taphead", "Austin Texas Mental Hospital", "Even If You're Never Awake"). I adore their debut but this is the first time they sounded like a real force to be reckoned with.
7A Winged Victory for the Sullen
The Undivided Five

4- better piano plus more cohesion minus first-album novelty whoops
6A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen

4+ prettyass guitar drone mopey sadshit piano excellent
5Brian McBride
When The Detail Lost Its Freedom

4.5- ambient "breakup album", might be proof McBride was always the shock collar on Wilzie's big guitary feelings. An album of heartbreaking restraint.
4The Dead Texan
The Dead Texan

4.5- the sun cannot last ;_;
3Stars of the Lid
The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid

4.5+ everything and the kitchen ambient huge changed the game forever
2Stars of the Lid
Music For Nitrous Oxide

4.5+ fucking ur brains out
1Stars of the Lid
The Ballasted Orchestra

5+ hum of the universe
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