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Friday, March 02, 2007

Stars Announce Cover/Remix Album: "Do You Trust Your Friends?"

Posing a question in an album title is risky; it invites rude responses if the music isn't pleasing (and you can't please everyone). Along with asking Do You Trust Your Friends?, Stars turned control of their next album over to some friends.

Trust, which Arts & Crafts will release on May 22nd, is a reworking/remixing of Stars' 2004 album Set Yourself on Fire. That album not coincidentally addresses themes relating to trust, friendship, and love. Artists contributing to Do You Trust Your Friends? include The Russian Futurists, Metric, The Dears, and The Most Serene Republic.

Stars are currently working on a new album, and plan to release it in the fall. One of their two vocalists, Torquil Campbell, is in another band called Memphis, which has an album out now in Canada. A Little Place In The Wilderness will be released in the U.S. on March 27th. Memphis is working on plans to tour the States this summer. Three songs from the disc, "I Dreamed We Fell Apart", "I'll Do Whatever You Want", and "In the Cinema Alone" are streaming at the band's website.

Judging by those titles, Campbell may not trust his friends... or maybe he shouldn't. He's very talented, at any rate. He's so emotive, and both beautiful alt-pop and beautifully cynical alt-pop songs are perfect for him. It also makes sense that he's friends with The Dears; their styles are somewhat similar.

Here's the video for "I'll Do Whatever You Want":

Amy Millan, the band's other vocalist, released debut album Honey From The Tombs last year. I wasn't fond of her switch to country, but the album garnered some praise.

Do You Trust Your Friends? Track Listing:

1. Final Fantasy - "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead"
2. Montag - "Set Yourself On Fire"
3. The Most Serene Republic - "Ageless Beauty
4. Jason Collett - "Reunion"
5. Minotaur Shock - "The Big Fight"
6. The Dears - "What I'm Trying To Say Pt. 1"
7. The Dears - "What I'm Trying To Say Pt. 2"
8. Apostle Of Hustle - "One More Night"
9. Junior Boys - "Sleep Tonight"
10. The Russian Futurists - "The First Five Times"
11. Metric - "He Lied About Death"
12. Camouflage Nights with Kevin Drew - "Celebration Guns"
13. The Stills - "Soft Revolution"
14. Young Galaxy - "Calendar Girl"

Stars - Soft Revolution (on Set Yourself on Fire)

Artist website: arts-crafts.ca/stars

Label website: arts-crafts.ca

The Russian Futurists - These Seven Notes (on Our Thickness) Great song, cool, interesting group. They sound somewhat like The Postal Service, but not in a derivative way.

Artist website: TheRussian Futurists.com

Label website: upperclass.to


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