Montreal’s Stars have been making music for over a decade now, and after a two year hiatus of sorts, they seem reinvigorated on three newly released tracks. The songs, from the upcoming The North, exemplify all the things that have made the band so successful over the years. One track sung by Amy Millan, the other two featuring Torquil Campbell, they all are undoubtedly Stars songs.
Stars – Backline
Amy Millan leads the way on this power pop track, light fare by the Stars standard, this song moves along nicely and doesn’t tug at too many heart strings nor rock particularly hard.
Stars – Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It
This Torquil Campbell sung track is Stars at their finest. Experts at creating power pop ballads that are fun yet full of heavy context, the band often employs synths, sweet riffs and a danceable core, all of those are present here. Some may even say this is a happy love song, a rarity from a band responsible for a track titled ‘Your Ex-Lover is Dead’.
Stars – The Theory of Relativity
Another track with Campbell on vocals, ‘The Theory of Relativity’ is many things in its 4 minutes. One second slowed down disco, the next space pop, this is the sound of Stars in space.
These tracks bode well for The North, which is out on September 4th via ATO Records. We here at Criticize This can’t wait for the band’s new record, we hope you feel the same after listening to this album preview.