Influenced by New Order, The Smiths and the blandishments of English boy bands, Stars make intricate pop that achieves something like psychological complexity. The long-running Toronto band made a splash with the 2001 full-length Nightsongs before releasing the fine Set Yourself on Fire in 2004. On their new album The North, the group continues to craft seemingly insubstantial tracks that confound expectations — “Do You Want to Die Together?” is based on a ’50s rock ’n’ roll motif, but the song lurches along in absurdist fashion. The North features passages of oddball guitar sounds, reassuring melodies and ravishing instrumental passages. Vocalists Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell sing the band’s formalist compositions with deft, deadpan assurance. The strange “The 400” features well-placed guitar noise, while “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It” and the addictive “Backlines” are impure pop at its best.