15 years ago, Stars Of The Lid released the incredible The Ballasted Orchestra and now they've decided to reissue it, which we fully endorse.

"During the remastering process it was kind of a bittersweet experience, to come back to a time in my life that I had almost completely forgotten about, states Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie. "I am not one to enjoy blowing smoke up my own ass, but when I listened to the final side, 'The Artificial Pine Arch Song' I was a bit taken aback how warm and inviting the drones still are. There is something about magnetic tape, even in a cheap plastic cassette form, that captures an atmosphere that I do not believe is possible to do anymore with digital recording."

Kranky will reissue the vinyl version of the album on January 7th.

The band are also set to play a few UK shows this December (December 9th at the ATP festival curated by The National and December 10th at St John-at-Hackney).