Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” by Stars from the forthcoming album The North on ATO Records.
Canada’s Stars have been crafting dreamy, romantic rock for over a decade now, and with the release of their forthcoming sixth album, The North, they’ve combined the electronic inclinations of 2010’s The Five Ghosts with the grand orchestrations of their past albums to move forward with a sound that had nearly painted itself into a corner. A shimmering mid-paced grind, “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” features all of the quintessential elements of a Stars song. As Torquil Campbell’s hopelessly romantic vocals lead the song over a steady beat in the verses, the chorus breaks into a tumbling rhythm as Amy Millan’s breathy coo and crystalline guitar take the reigns. Heavily steeped in electronics, the song avoids falling to the same perils that marred the so-so The Five Ghosts by incorporating the pop-sensible baroque sensibilities of their early work. “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” may not have the most word-efficient song title, but it is another slice of unabashedly romantic pop from the Montreal five-piece.
Stars play the Showbox at the Market on November 18th on the eve of their Canadian tour with fellow Broken Social Scene associates Metric. You can get more details and tickets (which include a free digital copy of The North) here. Be sure to also check the band’s website and Facebook page for more information and music, and watch the video for Stars’ 2004 standout “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” below: