Marked Melody

April 9, 2009

Stars – Set Yourself on Fire

Filed under: Electronic pop — Alisa Hathaway @ 5:57 pm

“When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.”


If you consider yourself any kind of indie music fan, you’ve at least heard of Broken Social Scene. What you may not have come across yet is their instrumentally-rich counterpart, Stars. Two members of Broken Social Scene lend their considerable talents to this romantic act that has released a wealth of material since 2000.

Hailing from our neighbor country to the north, Stars was originally formed by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman. There sound is a surprising mix of electronic-rock-driven-indie-pop, with soft vocals and eloquent instrumentation. I particularly enjoy the opening track of Set Yourself on Fire, titled “Your Ex-Lover is Dead,” which starts off with a gorgeous cello line.  Keyboard-driven tracks like “Reunion” and “Calendar Girl” also have a fantastic sound.

Set Yourself on Fire was released in 2004; they have since put out two more albums and their newest EP, Sad Robots.  I’d suggest starting with Fire and picking up the more recent work once you’ve already fallen in love.

You can find out more and order CDs and merch here. (Is it ok to love a band more because their website is infinitely cool?)

Definitely give them a listen if you’re into Broken Social Scene, Straylight Run, or Coldplay.

Or you could check out this video for “Your Ex-Lover is Dead.”

Enjoy your romp into 2004!


1 Comment »

  1. Hello!
    My sister has a website…

    Comment by Jen — April 10, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

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