Release Date: Oct 13, 2017
Record label: Last Gang Records
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Chamber Pop
Canadian indie pop establishment Stars are no strangers to artfully crafted dissections of love's many facets, but on their eighth full-length release, the subject is treated to a master class of amorous rumination. As laid out in its title cut, the overriding theme of There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light is the classic pearl of wisdom that like anything that lives, love's survival depends on its being tended, watered, nurtured, and occasionally taken out of its home to marinate in the elements. Stars must know something about this as, like a perennially well-adjusted couple, they show up every few years to quietly impress with their consistency, unity, and steadfast commitment to quality.
Let’s start with full disclosure. Somehow I’ve managed to go through the 21st century without ever listening to Stars, even though their synth-infused indie pop is right in my musical wheelhouse. So, readers, this will not be a review that references earlier Stars albums or songs. That being said, I really enjoyed this record.
Having started in nascent form at the beginning of the millennium, it's safe to say Stars are old hands at this whole indie pop thing by now. The Canadian five-piece is onto its eighth full-length, and if There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light is a long way from setting anything on fire, never mind matching peak Stars Set Yourself on Fire, it's a comfortingly pleasant experience. The ease with which a new record by Stars slides by is both a strength and weakness.