Photo Aaron Richter
There’s an awful lot to recommend the recently released five-song EP from Starlight Girls, but we particularly like the way it coolly nods to the girl group sound that’s been so popular in recent years and then quickly and unquestionably shows how much more it has to offer. It sounds at times like the soundtrack to a hesitant 60s dance party, and at others like a perfectly elegant and stylish combination of Belle and Sebastian and some of the more playful and touristy moments in Yo La Tengo’s catalog. Lead vocalist-keyboardist Christina B. lends the songs a pronounced easiness that in turn provides the perfect setting for theatrical touches like flute, surf guitar and organ.
Favorite NYC venue?
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Our guitarist, Shaw, is at a silent meditation retreat, so we can’t argue about it. But probably Talking Heads.
Favorite song about NYC?
“Native New Yorker” by Odyssey.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
We were actually just on tour for three months. Due to raging generational A.D.D., we listened to shuffle the whole time.
Ideal four-band bill
ESG, TGSM, Ursula Starship and us.
Ideal four-band bill (dream):
The Monks, Eduard Khil, Walabama and us.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
We’ve talked about this a lot. Either San Francisco, New Orleans or Berlin. But all our baggage is here.