Stars – “A Simple Song” (Stereogum Premiere)

Stars – “A Simple Song” (Stereogum Premiere)

Emo Canadian synth-poppers Stars are following up last year’s LP No One Is Lost with an EP containing two unreleased songs from that album’s sessions along with a new cover of the Style Council’s “Long Hot Summer.” The Lost & Found EP will be out next week, and today we’re premiering leadoff track “A Simple Song.” It touches on the cruel passage of time and the limits of pop music’s redemptive capacity, and, like most Stars songs, it’s the perfect thing to soundtrack a good cry in a roller rink. “I believe in the verse and chorus/ I believe in the radio/ I know the tune but the signal’s fading/ You were here but you had to go,” Torquil Campbell sings, before the subdued melancholy bursts into full-on throbbing, neon-streaked sadness in Amy Millan’s chorus. Listen and check out dates for their upcoming North American tour below.

Tour dates (purchase tickets here):

10/04 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
10/05 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/08 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
10/09 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/11 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre Madison
10/13 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/15 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/16 Windsor, ON @ The Water’s Edge Event Centre Grande Ballroom
10/17 Dundas, ON @ Dundas Valley Montessori School (Hamilton)
10/18 Waterloo, ON @ Starlight
10/19 London, ON @ London Music Hall
10/23 Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
10/25 St. John’s, NL @ Rock House
10/26 St. John’s, NL @ Rock House

The Lost & Found EP is out 9/18 on ATO Records. Pre-order it here.

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