Friday, August 24, 2007

Stars: New Video

September means a lot of things--the start of fall, a new television line-up (Tim Gunn's Guide To Style!), and a brand new indie-pop masterpiece from Stars. The Canadian darlings' new disc In Our Bedroom After The War hits the shelves on September 25th, but don't wait... go ahead and download it right now. No, I'm not talking about an illegal leak, Stars made the album available for purchase online on the iTunes store to try and combat that sorta thing. Talk about embracing the digital age.

On first listen, I thought that the songs were good but lacked the odd flair that made their last album so brilliant and interesting (admittedly, it's hard to top a perfect record). In subsequent weeks, In Our Bedroom After The War grew on me considerably. Now, I view the disc as a mature offering that's solid from start to finish. Though a bit more somber and down tempo than previous efforts, the songs still shine as a result of gorgeous vocal counterpoint between Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, flourishes of interesting instrumentation, and utterly intelligent songwriting. Here's the video for their first single "Take Me To The Riot," a jaunty caffeine frenzy of a song with the biggest foot stomping chorus that I've heard all year. Oh Canada, indeed.

[Myspace] Stars
[mp3] "Take Me To The Riot"


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