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Video of the Moment #2817: Stars

By on Wednesday, 4th April 2018 at 6:00 pm

Which band is the latest to turn to a dancier feel? Montreal long-standing electropop band Stars, that’s who. Their newest single ‘Ship to Shore’ is an agile study in dance pop. As you might expect for a song with a title like that, its accompanying video has ocean-themed clips, in Super 8 style so there’s an overall aged effect on the proceedings. Watch it below. No word yet on a new album to follow last year’s ‘There is No Love in Fluorescent Light’, but if I were a betting woman, ‘Ship to Shore’ is probably a taster of what’s to come. The group begin the first leg of a North American tour on 12 April in New Brunswick, Canada that runs through April; a second leg begins in June on the West Coast of Canada, ending 27 June in Houston. They’re also announced to appear at Lollapalooza in August. Watch the video below. For more of our past coverage on Stars, go here.


Video of the Moment #1818: Stars

By on Thursday, 4th June 2015 at 6:00 pm

One of my good friends is a massive fan of Canadian synth pop band Stars, and in what seems like in a blink of an eye, it’s been 14 years since the release of their first studio album ‘Nightsongs’. Comfortable in their longevity, in their newest promo video for the title track of their seventh album ‘No One is Lost’ released last year, band members chat with each other on the meaning of life and inevitable death. The clips are sandwiched between clips of the band performing the song. Watch the video in full below.

Check out past coverage of Stars on TGTF here.



Video of the Moment #1255: Stars

By on Saturday, 13th July 2013 at 6:00 pm

The lives of drag queens are profiled in the promo video for ‘Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It’ by Canada’s Stars. Watch it below.

The song appears on the band’s current album ‘The North’, out now.



Video of the Moment #1014: Stars

By on Wednesday, 24th October 2012 at 6:00 pm

In the new promo for Stars‘ ‘Backlines’, the band performs as part of a diorama. You know, those 3-D things your teacher made you make for school projects. Still confused? Watch the video below.

The band’s latest album ‘North’ is out now.


MP3 of the Day #681: Stars

By on Wednesday, 26th September 2012 at 10:00 am

Canadian musician/producer Diamond Rings has remixed Stars‘ track ‘The Theory of Relativity’ (appearing on their new album ‘North’ released earlier this month). Listen to the song turned into dance pop below, and if you like it, you can grab it for your very own.


Album Review: Stars – The Five Ghosts

By on Thursday, 17th June 2010 at 12:00 pm

Stars are an aptly glittery indie troupe hailing from the depths of Canada. This month sees the release of the band’s fifth album, ‘The Five Ghosts’ – follow up to 2007’s ‘In Our Bedroom After the War’. The record, according to front lady Amy Millan, is “quintessential Stars” – so, perhaps the perfect album for a newcomer like myself to venture into. And venture in I did!

Track one, ‘Dead Hearts’, pretty much sets the standard for the whole album – exceedingly adorable electro, with lashings of surprises. This initial number is synth dalliance with completely cute girl-boy vocals plus a Delphic-esque uprising chorus. Track two, ‘Wasted Delight’ is evidence Stars have themselves a slightly sinister edge, too. The misplaced, jagged drumbeat and hopscotch harmonies sound intriguingly dark, perfectly complimenting the contrastingly sugary vocals of Amy Millan (of which particularly remind me of Ellie Goulding).

‘I Died So I Could Haunt You’s’ crescendo of smashing drums and thumping bass lean it towards a more heartfelt indie number Owl City would be proud of, while ‘Fixed’ got me up and dancing. Speedy cymbals, electric riffs, retro synths and yet more darling vocals from Millan – this feel-good track truly makes you feel like your reaching for the sun as you listen.

An album highlight is most certainly the beautifully titled ‘He Dreams He’s Awake’. This electronic number verges on psychedelic with it’s stormy opening led along by Torquil Campbell’s brooding whispers of “Sunrise, oh the sunrise, when will you ever come?”. Ultimately these hypnotic vocals fall into a black hole of breezy, ambient synths and 80s stylin’ echoed drums, resulting in a truly trippy track.

Further honourable mentions include the delicate strings and reverb vocals of ‘Changes’, the Brian Eno-esque ‘Winter Bones’, and finally the awesome ‘The Passenger’, which is laden with La Roux-ready gameboy synths and some notably Joy Division sounding percussion wacking away beneath.

My thoughts throughout this album were, “boy those canuks certainly seems bent on bringing us some awesome slices of electro pop this summer”. From the dainty synths of Metric to the crystallised electro of Stars, Canada is producing some awesome sounds right now. If you enjoy your music on the sweet side, check out ‘The Five Ghosts’. The album is truly endearing with it’s doll-like vocals and gliding, glittering synths. However, a complete sugar overdose is avoided thanks to those little unexpected touches placed amid the record, such as some hard hitting percussion, an off beat rhythm, or a psychedelic twist and turn. Stars’ ‘The Five Ghosts’ is truly sparkling album.

MP3: Stars – We Don’t Want Your Body



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