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 Kings, Kate Nash, La Sera, Lucius, Tilly and the Wall, St. 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.