Phase 3 (No Life)
by Clarendon Lavorich
Medium-Fi eclecticism from Bristol, completely analogue, light hearted… Beatnik Filmstars have all the elements to make them indie rock’s new faves – except for that light-hearted stuff. Some of the songs on Phase 3 are definately Fall influenced, with the jangling guitars, lopsided beats and overblown mic mumbling over it all. The Filmstars seem to revel in the lo-tech approach, recording some tracks with a dictaphone, splicing tape to get the right mix, mics picking up someone playing organ in another room, and the predominance of a £5 toy plastic keyboard throughout.