NOT IN STOCK
When the Detail Lost Its Freedom
"As one half of Stars of the Lid, Brian McBride has contributed to the essential drift music of our time. When the Detail Lost Its Freedom was recorded mainly on an ASR X keyboard sampler. The instruments recorded were guitar, piano, vocals, harmonica, trumpet and strings. There were no synthesizers or keyboards used in the creation of the album. There's a lot of sampling in the sense of capturing a tone, isolating its tuning, and playing it on the keys of a piano. Guitars become piano-esque. Room noise becomes room noise played on a keyboard. And you can actually make out some guitars. When the Detail Lost Its Freedom is a collection of individual pieces and therefore released from the Lid's uninterrupted architecture. As with Stars of the Lid's recordings there is a synthesis of different instruments -- or maybe a reinvention through some gross mutation (of different guitars, violins, trumpets, harmonicas) -- which then become the pooled tones for extended, and melodic development. What you get are nacreous songs that pack a real emotional wallop, are reminiscent of Stars of the Lid (and lots more) and that earn a space on your shelf all to themselves."