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Unplugged at Outside Lands ’08: Stars’ Torquil Campbell

The Canadian band's co-frontman strums a stirring cover of Robert Forster's "A Place to Hide Away."

Whether delivering coy political messages on stage or chatting casually backstage, Stars singer Torquil Campbell is always an engaging persona. And at Outside Lands he went a step further, treating SPIN.com to an intimate acoustic performance. Campbell chose to play “A Place to Hide Away,” a tune by Robert Forster, most famously of Australian indie influencers the Go-Betweens. The song comes from Forster’s 2008 album, The Evangelist, his first work after the death of his Go-Betweens songwriting partner, Grant McLennan.

As Campbell states on camera at the song’s end, this recording is his first ever solo gig, so clearly a one-of-a-kind moment to behold.

“A Place to Hide Away” / Video by Jason Jurgens