Stars announces new album, gifts us with sneak peek track, remain qt and flawless

lead single "The Theory of Relativity" SoundCloud stream link in case the embed doesn't work

PASTE Magazine: Stars Announce The North, Release New Track

Today Canadian rockers Stars announced their new album, The North, on Sept. 4 via ATO Records.

The North will be Stars’ sixth full-length release and first since 2010’s The Five Ghosts. The album was recorded in Montreal’s RCA Victor Studios, and was produced by Stars along with Graham Lessard and Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire). Check out the complete tracklist below.

Along with the announcement, Stars have released the album’s first single, “The Theory of Relativity.” You can stream the track below, or download it here.


and a review from some college blog with some analysis:

Stars announces sixth album, “The North”; album appears less depressing than band’s last

Canadian indie-rock stalwarts Stars announced their sixth studio album this morning, officially ending any and all productivity I might’ve had in the middle of this workday. The North will be released Sept. 4 on ATO Records, featuring cover artwork and a general color scheme in a fuzzy, coastal sort of blue that vaguely reminds me of Greece. It’s a nice departure from the burnt gray city and creepy children that defined the look and sound of the band’s last album, The Five Ghosts — not that I didn’t really dig “Dead Hearts,” guys, but this cheerier Stars, more “Elevator Love Letter” than “Barricade,” is something I can get on board with.

If sneak peek track “The Theory of Relativity” is any indication, Stars has, like everyone else these days, been not-so-subtly influenced by the bursting electronica scene. More thoughts when I’ve given it some more listens, but I dig the sound: it’s got the midtempo pace of all your indie-rock favorites from the early 2000s, with sparkling, pulsing production over ribbons of synth and the ever-present buzzing guitar. Lyrically and vocally, it’s definitely Stars — Amy and Torq harmonize beautifully on vaguely relevant platitudes of “don’t be scared,” Torq reminisces about his schoolyard days — but I like this new direction, and I think it works.