I was listening one evening, as I sometimes do, to Last.fm’s music player, exploring the feature that feeds your ears music based on bands you already know and love. My Similar Artist Radio entry for Metric was returning some familiar band names; Montreal faves Broken Social Scene, Feist, and Stars — to name a few.
I’d probably heard Stars before. I get around. But this time, as the rich layers of “Ageless Beauty” rolled through cyberspace guided by the heavenly pipes of Amy Milan, I heard something new. Sometimes it just takes the right song at the right time to form that connection, the kind that you just know is going to last.
I promptly bought Set Yourself On Fire and have enjoyed countless revolutions of that CD. From the opening strings and horns of “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” to the breathy pleadings of “Calendar Girl,” Set Yourself On Fire could easily burn a hole through even the harshest Canadian winter.
In the months since my first real introduction to Stars, I’ve taken the time to check out the band’s previous albums. While I’m not particularly fond of Nightsongs, my recent introduction to Heart has left me quite excited. I realized that “Elevator Love Letter” had passed by my ears before, and I felt foolish for not having followed up after hearing it. I should have been enjoying this musical warmth long ago.