Per Aspera Ad Astra (album)

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Per Aspera Ad Astra
Per Aspera Ad Astra.jpg
Studio album by Stars of the Lid
Released 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Ambient, Drone, Minimalist
Length 40:47
Label Kranky
Producer Stars of the Lid
Stars of the Lid chronology
Maneuvering the Nocturnal Hum
(1998)Maneuvering the Nocturnal Hum1998
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Avec Laudenum
(1999)Avec Laudenum1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10.0) [2]

Per Aspera Ad Astra is the fourth studio LP by Stars of the Lid. It was made in collaboration with artist Jon McCafferty and released on Kranky in 1998. Widely known in music circles as the artist behind the cover of R.E.M.'s Green, McCafferty approached Stars of the Lid with a view towards collaboration after working on a series of paintings inspired by the duo's 1995 debut Music for Nitrous Oxide.[1] The title is a common Latin phrase translatable as "through hardships, to the stars."

Line notes[edit]

Stars of the Lid elaborated on the album's reasoning on its inner sleeve.

Critical reaction[edit]

The album was generally received well by critics. John Bush, writing for Allmusic, stated:

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Low Level (Listening)+, Part 1" – 6:22
  2. "Low Level (Listening)+, Part 2" – 8:42
  3. "Low Level (Listening)+, Part 3" – 5:29
  4. "Anchor States, Part 1" – 4:27
  5. "Anchor States, Part 2" – 8:51
  6. "Anchor States, Part 3" – 6:46