Wildcard (week 15):
Stars – Ship To Shore

Stars are a Canadian theatrical pop/rock band, which is active since the year 2000. Only last October they released their ninth album There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, but Ship To Shore is a brand new track.

It’s a classic case of things being not always what they seem. Ship To Shore sounds like a light-hearted – even happy – summer ditty with its danceable disco-ish musical backdrop. Man, how I love those bold ’80s drums and synths!

But this electro-pop mask hides the true meaning of the song: it a remembrance of singer Amy Millan’s late friend, John Bil. A discrepancy that’s beautifully captured in lines like ‘You played me The Cure / Friday I’m In Love / It’s so good it hurts’.

This week, Stars’ Ship To Shore is the Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. All 15 of them (so far) can be found in the Wildcards 2018 playlist on Spotify.

For more great new music follow the constantly updated Carte Blanche Music playlist.

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