While their guitars gently weep - Page 2

Stars of the Lid continually refines the mix

No one ever hears a song the same way, yet SOTL's music touches a specific emotional range — one that is definitely in a minor key.

Case in point: And Their Refinement's "Don't Bother They're Here," a reverb-soaked gloss on the opening bars of Stephen Sondheim's maudlin ballad "Send in the Clowns." Stripping away the original's thick coating of show tune schmaltz, SOTL leave only a whispered trace of the lonely little melody at its center.

"We both love Judy Collins's version of that song. It's just a nod to beautiful melody," Wiltzie explains. "I've just wanted to create a beautiful sound that encapsulates a feeling of beauty and sadness in the same breath."


With Christopher Willis

Tues/15, 8 p.m., $15


628 Divisadero, SF


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