Avec Laudenum was originally released on the Belgian Sub Rosa label in 1999 and reissued by Kranky in 2002. Cosmic sound explorers Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride recorded the album via mail and by the time it was released Wiltzie had moved from Austin, TX to Brussells. Avec Laudenum marked a decided expansion of the Stars of the Lid drone methodology. The duo's use of guitars and samplers was more compositionally directed, creating long, exquisitely stretched out melodies. The record is a hypnotic foray into the realm of drones, drifts and dreams. Groovy, brilliant and transcendent.
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