Over the past couple of years, the Brooklyn-based indie rock sextet Starlight Girls have developed a reputation for a unique brand of “noir-ish indie pop” while becoming JOVM mainstays. With the release of well-received, self-produced EP, the sextet had developed a growing national profile as they opened for a diverse array of renowned and successful acts including Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Kate Nash, La Sera, Lucius, Tilly and the Wall, St. Lucia and Crystal Fighters among others. Building upon a growing national profile, the band then released the “7 x 3” 7 inch, which was not only produced by Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, but it also revealed a change in sonic direction as the single bore an uncanny resemblance to Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground” and Portishead.
Produced by band members, Christina B. and Shaw Walters, Starlight Girls’ long-awaited full-length debut effort, Fantasm will be released later this month — but you’ve probably come across a couple of singles from the album throughout the past months including “Intrigue,” Hero” and “Lodestar.” Fantasm‘s fourth and latest single “Fancy” pairs sinuous bass line, angular guitar chords, warm blasts of horns, four-on-the-floor drumming with Christina B.’s sensual vocals to create a shimmering and dance floor-leaning yet cinematic sound that sounds as though it draws from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, and The Bombay Royale.
Directed and edited by the band’s Christina B., the 70s glam and 60s psychedelia inspired video features photography by Shaw Waters and Avery McCarthy, hula hoops made by Brittany Beckett and dancing by Lyzi Wakefield. It’s shimmering and trippy video, which brings out the subtle psychedelic shading within the song.