Stars – Pretenders

Just to make sure you’re not mistaken: this is not a new single by the Pretenders, called Stars. This is Montreal indie-pop veterans Stars’ new single Pretenders. It’s the first track to be taken off their upcoming album From Capelton Hill, which will be out on 27 May. This long-player, their first in five years, is named after a place in North Hatley, Quebec.

Pretenders, a timeless pop song, features the line ‘We laid our bets, we made our beds on staying young forever’. Referencing said lyric, singer Amy Millan says she wrote Pretenders as a ‘love letter’ to co-vocalist Torquil Campbell and the band’s origins. “When we wrote all those songs 20 years ago, we were young. That’s what being in a band is: you’re putting down your chips on feeling young and being young. It doesn’t necessarily work out because time does its thing.” Campbell adds: “Obviously, we lost that bet. But we are young in the moment of singing it. That’s the incredible thing about music: you are young in the moment of singing that line, even if you’re 80.”

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