New Audio: Check Out Starlight Girls Dance-Floor Leaning, New Single “Lodestar”

Over the past five years, the Brooklyn-based sextet, Starlight Girls have developed a reputation for a unique brand of “noir-ish indie pop” and for a live set that employs the use of video projections that includes psychedelic imagery, stock footage and live footage of the band performing at that very moment. After releasing a well-received, self-produced EP, the band was opening for a diverse array of acts including Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsKate NashLa SeraLuciusTilly and the WallSt. Lucia and Crystal Fighters, which expanded their profile nationally. Building on a growing profile, the band followed that up with a 7 inch single “7 x 3” which was produced by Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart. Interestingly, that particular single was something of a sonic left turn, as that single bore a resemblance to Sneaker Pimps and Portishead.

Produced by band members, Christina B and Shaw Walters, Starlight Girls long-awaited full-length debut, Fantasm is slated for an October 13 release, and if you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past couple of months you’ve likely come across a couple of singles from Fantasm, including “Intrigue,” a single that channeled Siouxise and the Banshees — in particular, “Hong Kong Garden” and “Arabian Knights,” “Hero” the album’s slinkily seductive second single, which managed to subtly mesh 80s New Wave with Ennio Morricone Western music scores. I know that sounds odd but it makes sense. The album’s third and latest single “Lodestar” is a shimmering, dance-floor leaning track comprised of a sinuous bass line, angular guitar chords and ethereal vocals in a fashion that’s reminiscent of the aforementioned Siouxsie and the Banshees — in the case of this particular song, think of “Israel,” but breezier and much more ethereal.