Suffering through the first cold of the season? Can’t concentrate because you’re in a narcotic fog caused by an intake of antihistamines? Find yourself drifting off into space for hours on end? Welcome to the club!
I’ve been under the weather for the last few days and even typing seems a chore. It’s a real effort to concentrate and I find myself constantly drifting off into the ozone. What was I talking about again?
Oh, right. I’ve just discovered the music of Stars Of The Lid, an electronic ambient drone duo originally from Austin, Texas, and they make the perfect soundtrack for a head cold. They’ve put out several lengthy CDs since the mid 90s, their latest Stars of the Lid and Their Refinement of the Decline (Kranky). The combo’s name refers to the fractal patterns you “see” when you close your eyes to fall asleep, or, as they put it, "your own personal cinema, located between your eye and eyelid." Think of them as Eno with a bit more melody.
Here’s the strangely soothing 18-minute two-part video interpretation by Xavier Revlax of their Archsong from 97’s The Ballasted Orchestra. It’s a bit murky at first but becomes strangely hypnotic as dream images materialize out of the ether. To get the full marshmallow cocoon effect, pop a coupla Sudafeds, down a half bottle of Benelyn DM and top them off with a hot toddy or two.