Monday, 12 August 2013

New Music: Stars- Wishful

There is a new radio station here in Toronto called Indie 88 that bills itself as- you-guessed it- an indie rock station. The station is still in its infancy but it seems to be formatted like all other commercial radio - that is have a playlist of 20 to 30 songs and play them over and over again. There are some good bands being played like Cults and Chvrches, but then again there is a lot of crap (Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Lumineers to name a few)

The station is commercial free right now which gives them time to mix in a lot of older songs. Unfortunately, the older music is limited as well, because they have only been playing the big alternative bands (Radiohead, Oasis, Death Cab, Weezer etc....). Once the station starts airing commercials you know the older music will be the first to be cut.

One of the few highlights of Indie 88 is that they bring in a special guest each day to play their favourite songs or a playlist of new music they are listening to. As an example, today's guest was Stars' singer Torquil Campbell and not surprisingly he played an eclectic mix which included Classixx, Sean Nicholas Savage and The Shout Out Louds. So maybe there is hope for this radio station yet. Plus it is still 50 times better than anything on Toronto's airwaves right now.

As for Campbell, it was perfect timing to be today's special guest because it gave him the opportunity to promote Stars new single "Wishful". The lovely new wave track features the sweet voice of Amy Millan which cascades over the usual beautiful synths that Stars are known for. Listen below:

"Wishful" b/w of "The Light"will be released on limited edition 7" September 10th via ATO.

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