Monday, November 09, 2009

Noughties By Nature #34: Stars – Your Ex-Lover is Dead (Final Fantasy Remix)

I nearly went for One More Night or This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine as the finest respective individual moments of this pair of Canadian acts, but this meeting of minds actually trumps both.

The song casts singers Torquil and Amy as the ex-lovers, unexpectedly reunited and confronting their feelings through the course of an awkward taxi ride. They don’t want to give too much away (not least because he can’t remember her name), but by the conclusion they’ve reached a cautious but touching acceptance that things turned out for the best. It’s the opener from Set Yourself on Fire, setting its tone of sweeping romanticism with a bittersweet edge perfectly.

Owen Pallett takes the song and strips out all of the horns and drums and drums that propelled it, replacing them with a gorgeous piano and strings arrangement that ramps up the tension. The alternating verses of the pair already felt like a drawn out dance around how they really felt, but in his hands it sounds satisfyingly like one too.
Iain Forrester

[Album: Do You Trust Your Friends?]

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