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BORDERLANDS: STARS’ “THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY”

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The musical realisation of summer nights, romance, and youthful nostalgia.

“We got a rock DJ, we got a total fuckin’ alcoholic,” talks Torquil Campell over a churning bass line on the Montreal band’s new track “The Theory of Relativity.” His confident delivery shines over a cloud of dreamy synths that recall the haze of a drunken night or a sepia-toned sunset.

“Summer track” is a phrase thrown around all too often, but “The Theory of Relativity” feels like the musical manifestation of a summer evening.

Stars, a division of the prominent Canadian parent act Broken Social Scene, is a long-running indie rock band fronted by Campell and his female counterpart Amy Millan, who properly handles the chorus on the new single. “The Theory of Relativity” is the first glimpse of their forthcoming LP The North, due out September 4th.

Musically, the cut is straight out of the 1980s, with the synthy dance beat powered by irresistibly moveable percussion. Lyrically, however, the song seems to reflect from the future, made clear through lyrics like, “We got a thing they call a cyber girl,” and, “a warm ovation please for the dude who sold us ecstasy, he’s building homes now in the new third world.” This strange juxtaposition lends to the track’s curiosity. The musical nostalgia serves as a “fuck you” to the present, evoking the narrator’s youthful spirit and plunging the listener into a hopeful retro romance.

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