Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Dead Texan - The Dead Texan

Label: Kranky
Released: 2004
Style: Modern Classical, Ambient

"The eleven tracks on The Dead Texan are sonatas to Stars of the Lid's noctambulant fugues. The presence of piano and strings are reminiscent of Zbigniew Preisner's soundtrack work and the feel is suggestive of George Delerue's early 60s soundtracks, but the surreal smear of guitars is Wiltzie's unmistakable contribution. Wiltzie has been living in Brussels, Belgium for the past few years. A decidedly European, filmic sensibility wafts through The Dead Texan as a song title like "La Ballade de Alain Georges" (with its reference to the 1940s French actor) and snatches of dialogue indicate. Tracks vary from the flowing, transparent melody on "A Chronicle of Early Failures - Part 2" to delicate and fleeting vignettes. Combined with the creation of the seven video segments that accompany The Dead Texan, the tracks appear and depart as brief chamber pieces yet still fit into a greater whole." - Label


1 The 6 Million Dollar Sandwich (3:02)
2 Glen's Goo (4:07)
3 A Chronicle Of Early Failures Pt. 1 (5:43)
4 A Chronicle Of Early Failures Pt. 2 (5:47)
5 Taco Me Manque (2:37)
6 Aegina Airlines (2:48)
7 When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You (3:59)
8 Girth Rides A (Horse)+ (2:33)
La Ballade D'Alain Georges (6:23)
10 Beatrice Pt. 2 (4:04)
11 The Struggle (5:28)


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