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Genre > Rock > Alt & Grunge
HEART (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 4, 2018*
Pressed On Translucent Light Blue Colored Vinyl
STARS’ BREAKTHROUGH SOPHOMORE ALBUM HEART WILL BE REPRESSED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS ON LAST GANG RECORDS WORLDWIDE.
The album was recorded in the bedroom of keyboard player Chris Seligman on Avenue Mont-Royal in Montreal and released in 2003. A description at the time pinned the band as more New Order and Saint Etienne than Smiths, and with male and female vocals, the band comes across as an electro-pop Belle & Sebastian. The New York Times praised the album as: “Lovely. Romantic. Devastating...words often used to describe the soothing sounds of Stars. Adjectives aside, one thing is for certain: Stars have a knack for writing gently devastating pop songs.”
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. What The Snowman Learned About Love
2. Elevator Love Letter
4. The Woods
5. Death To Death
6. The Vanishing
7. Romantic Comedy
8. Time Can Never Kill The True Heart
9. Look Up
10. Life Effect
11. Don't Be Afraid To Sing
$22.99Colored Vinyl LP - SealedPRE-ORDER Buy Now
There Is No Love In Fluorescent LightSTARS have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest, and most hopeful parts of our souls. Delivering the hard and soft edges of life and love as only this band can, they returned with two new tracks Privilege and We Called It Love.
From the reflective beauty of Amy Millan’s vocal in Privilege “never got what you want, never got it” to Torquil Campbell’s contemplative and contrary, “I don’t believe that people change…but I’ve changed” on We Called It Love, Stars return time and again to comfort and reassure us that within the experience of failure and fucking up is the path to a life well lived.
A collective band statement notes, “We’re back! We have a new album. It was recorded in Montreal and Connecticut with the great producer, Peter Katis. We love him and thank him for being there for us. It’s our first with our friends at Last Gang. We made this record for ourselves, for our kids, and for you. And we are so happy and grateful that you’re still listening to our music.”
With approaching 20 years as a band and a storied album catalog spanning 2001’s Nightsongs, the romantic upheaval of 2003’s Heart and 2004’s Set Yourself On Fire, 2007’s In Our Bedroom After the War, the downcast elegies of 2010’s The Five Ghosts, the rejuvenation of 2012’s The North and sub-base, dance club infused No One Is Lost in 2014, Stars continue to prove themselves some of the finest musical storytellers in the country, moving through life with their fans.LP 1
2. Fluorescent Light
3. Losing To You
4. Hope Avenue
6. We Called It Love
1. Real Thing
2. The Gift Of Love
3. On The Hills
4. The Maze
5. California, I Love That Name
$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Choir Of The MindOrange Colored Vinyl
It's time: Emily Haines is back with Fatal Gift — the first listen from Choir of the Mind, the Metric singer's first release as her Soft Skeleton solo project in a decade.
Haines' vocals are definitely the focal point of Choir of the Mind. She used her voice to create spellbinding orchestrations for an effect that is subtle and ghostly on "Wounded," lush on "Fatal Gift" and deeply powerful on "Legend Of the Wild Horse," which she calls her "soft anthem." Haines' voice is the only audible instrument on "Strangle All Romance," and she creates mesmerizing layers that drift and swirl through the title track, which includes a spoken word part adapted from a poem by the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo.
Haines recorded Choir of the Mind over several weeks in September And October of 2016, more or less alone in Metric's Toronto studio with a borrowed 18-foot grand piano built in 1850. Her longtime musical partner/Metric bandmate, James Shaw, helped flesh out the sonics with various instruments and rhythmic elements. (Shaw also mixed the album).Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor, a member of the Soft Skeleton's first incarnation, returned to perform on "Legend of the Wild Horse." Haines Says, "The writing and recording process was heightened and intensive, the two became one thing."LP 1
2. Fatal Gift
3. Strangle All Romance
5. Legend of the Wild Horse
6. Nihilist Abyss
1. Minefield of Memory
2. Perfect on the Surface
3. Choir of the Mind
6. Irish Exit
$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedBuy Now
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and
Alternative rock first emerged in Britain in the late 70s and early 80s, but it didn’t really hit its stride until the 90s with the arrival of bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. That was also right around the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam fueled the grunge rock explosion.
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