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free music friday: class actress
August 7, 2009, 9:08 am
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fmf_classactressClass Actress
‘All The Saints’

With her 2004 self-titled debut, Brooklyn’s Elizabeth Harper seemed to be filtering late-’80s Britpop precursors, notably The Smiths, through a Cat Power cloth with her smoky, late-night musings. Fast-forward 5 years and a temporary name change to Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee and you have Class Actress – essentially Elizabeth with longtime musical companion Scott Rosenthal and Mark Richardson (not the one from Skunk Anansie) playing – what else in 2009? – retro new wave synth-pop. Taken from the upcoming album Journal Of Ardency, partly produced by Chairlift’s Patrick Wimberly and Jorge Elbrecht of Lansing-Dreiden, ‘All The Saints’ recalls the lush pop arrangements of Tears For Fears and Roxy Music with sweetly layered vocals and a spirited bounce that belies the somewhat moody lyrics. “Do you think I care about / what we talk about / when we talk about love?” Elizabeth questions with an imagined sneer that Morrissey himself would be proud of.

As others have pointed out, Chairlift are an obvious sonic reference point for Class Actress – and Elizabeth is a close friend of the band’s Caroline Polachek, with whom she formed video project Girl Crisis with other women from Brooklyn bands – but there’s still room for another. The full album will give a clearer picture; meanwhile, we’ll add this to the growing pile of winners from the Williamsburg set. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Class Actress, ‘All The Saints’ [via Pitchfork]

BONUS MP3: Class Actress, ‘Careful What You Say’ [via RCRDLBL]
BONUS MP3: Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee, ‘Let Me Take You Out’

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