Friday, April 30, 2010

Tonight: Class Actress @ the pill

Finally, this night is here. Been listening to Class Actress daily since I found the "Journal of Ardency" EP in February, and it will no doubt crack my Best of 2010's Top 3. Just magical, hypnotic synthpop that's a perfect date for the pill.

friday april 30:
Class Actress
New York City noir-pop for the broken hearted

Class Actress is a modern pop band in a retro world. Equal parts the soundtrack of a Diane Lane infidelity flick and a closing scene’s sonic come-down in a Jules Dassim heist film, this New York based trio’s slow-burn noir-pop disco makes its pill debut this Friday.

The result of Class Actress producers Scott Rosenthal and Mark Richardson plucking sultry singer Elizabeth Harper from New York’s coffee house circuit and positioning her impossibly seductive between-the-sheets voice with vintage synth-pop and against Lower East side nightclub flash, Class Actress would be coldly sinister if not occasionally acquiescing as a hopeful morning-after apology note written on the back of a 24-hour diner’s receipt. And that’s before we get into the comparisons Harper has been receiving as this generation’s Madonna.

The glacial strength of Class Actress’ “Journal of Ardency” EP has led the band to quickly share the stage with the likes of Little Boots, Dragonette and Erykah Badu, and single “Careful What You Say” has been embedded in Michael V’s head long before he fell hopelessly in love at SXSW last month.

New York Press called Harper “Brooklyn’s very own Madonna,” Nylon gushed over Class Actress’ “sweetly spectral vocals over lush ’80s synths and beats” and New York Magazine secretly passed the band its phone number in a cover story about the new Brooklyn sound, winking slyly at “unabashedly slick electro-pop beats juxtaposed with coy, romantically depressed vocals courtesy of star-in-the-making Elizabeth Harper.”

Let them take you out; this time our love is personal. Before and after the band, DJ Ken and Michael V (if he can compose himself afterwards), spin the best in Britpop, Modern Indie & Beyond. Look sharp.

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