Thursday, October 16, 2008


Stirling have produced an artful collection of songs in their second album.

The beautiful popular music that saw its beginnings in the cultivated stylings of Bryan Ferry and bands like Depeche Mode and the Smiths in the 80's and 90's and more lately revived by the British groups Keane and Coldplay can add a new member  in Stirling.

The first CD showed an inkling of their potential but it was still raw. At times their neo-romantic striving was forced.

 "we are all of us in the gutter, only some of us looking up at the stars" wrote Oscar Wilde. Stirling's upward gaze is rewarded in this second album which adds a raw driving urgency to their original aim
For Canadians they have hit the big time with a place on CBC radio three

The pleasure is particular. Listening to the way Idaho Highs takes a jagged edge to the lyrics so I find myself listening to it over and over is only reinforced when I know it's a good and old friend in Matt Booi delivering the goods. Fuck nepotism. No shout outs here. I would say it even if it weren't the case..

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