Sunday, 30 September 2012
Toronto Tim Says: Memphis and Stars
MEMPHIS - Here Comes A City
STARS - The North
MEMPHIS is one of a number of growing side-projects of Canadian indie electro-pop band STARS' Torquil Campbell. Recently interviewed on CBC Campbell joked that he's hoping to earn 50K a year if he can find 5 or 6 more side projects. This time he's joined by his longtime friend, NYC Central Park carousel operator/actor Chris Dumont.
"Here Comes A City" is the band's latest offering.
Campbell often cites Prefab Sprout and the Go-Betweens as musical heroes, so it's not surprising the album title is a nod to a song by The Go-Betweens. I must say my expectations for this CD were mediocre given the good but uneven electronic and jazzy excursions of previous Memphis releases. However here those inclinations have been somewhat shelved in favour of well-crafted melodic pop delights mixed with just the right touch of darker lyrical ambiguity. Lush guitar jangle, swirling strings, subtle pedal steel swoop throughout the tracks creating a blissfully dreamy atmosphere.
It's hard not to like this.