This much is becoming clearer and clearer: The folks at Magnificent Beard make some fine show posters.
For this design, the folks at MB focused on the title of Stars' new album, The Five Ghosts, which the band is promoting on the tour that takes it to the Granada Theater on Saturday night, and applied that innocuously macabre title in the design appropriately. Hence the Russian doll theme, I suppose -- and the fact that there are five dolls kind of in the shape of ghosts here, with each one designed to hold the skull at the object's center.
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It's fairly macabre stuff -- made only more so by the inherently creepy floral and plaid wallpaper prints applied to the dolls' designs. But the image is also somewhat welcoming, too. Remember: While a little creepy, Russian dolls are also playthings -- toys from a less indulgent time.
And aesthetic is a fair description of Stars' sound, too. Sure, the word "haunting" gets tossed around too frequently in music press, but it fits well in describing Stars' sound -- even if it's not a scary sound at all. Rather, there's a playfulness involved in this band, especially in the interplay between co-vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan behind all those haunting arrangements.
To that end, this poster does the band plenty of justice. Plus, it's just pleasant to look at.
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