The next time you find yourself wondering what might account for all the awesomeness that either comes from or ends up in Montreal, remember to include Stars in your mystery file. Critics have imagined the band -- an integral subset of the essential Broken Social Scene -- as a cross between '80s British greats New Order and The Smiths. Stars themselves have also cited Brian Wilson, Momus, and Outkast. When the band released the single "Elevator Love Letter" in 2003, NME described it as "a tale of office block ennui so tremendously lush and romantic it'll make you hug a lift."
On iTunes: Stars / "Elevator Love Letter"