Stars of the Lid musician Brian McBride dies aged 53

Brian McBride, one half of the musical duo Stars of the Lid, has died aged 53.

His death was confirmed by the group on social media, with a heartfelt Facebook post that read: ‘I am deeply saddened to tell everyone that Brian McBride has passed away. I loved this guy & he will be missed.’

A black and white photo of McBride sitting on a step with his chin resting on his hand accompanied the announcement, as fans paid tribute to his musical legacy.

‘Rest in peace Brian. Thank you for giving me my favorite soundscapes of all time. Your music enriched many meaningful moments in my life already and surely through the rest of my time here,’ one person wrote.

‘Thank you for your time, I am filled with gratitude that I ever got to knows your art. Your music has been an absolute cornerstone of my existence. Rest well,’ another said.

The ambient music duo of Stars of the Lid formed in Austin, Texas in 1993 and was made up of McBride and Adam Wiltzie.

No cause of death has been given for McBride, Rolling Stone reported after speaking to a representative of the band’s label.

One fan praised both McBride and Wiltzie in their tribute, writing on Facebook: ‘Thank you Brian. RIP. Your music along with Adam is an inspiration and both pioneering. I’m so glad I got to see you guys live.’

Another addressed Wiltzie directly as they shared: ‘Sorry to hear this Adam. You two made some wonderful music together.’

Stars of the Lid’s debut album Music for Nitrous Oxide was released in 1995 with musician Kirk Laktas.

Laktas did not continue with the group, with the pairing of McBride and Wiltzie going on to release subsequent albums including The Ballasted Orchestra, Per Aspera Ad Astra, Avec Laudenum and The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid.

The final album released by the pair came in 2007, called And Their Refinement of the Decline.

‘One of the things I started to notice was that when we would play some shows, different kinds of groups of people that I didn’t even know were groups would sort of come out of the woodwork and say that they listen to the music.

‘Like a group of science fiction writers or people at yoga studios or new parents. I don’t really expect anybody to listen to the music, to be perfectly honest.’

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