Tuesday's New Music: Class Actress' Journal of Ardency
What started as a solo bedroom project, with singer Elizabeth Harper writing synth-heavy pop songs à la early Madonna, has blossomed into a full-fledged act with the addition of producer Mark Richardson and his wide array of vintage synthesizers. Now, the outfit known as Class Actress, based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has been ushered into the vibrant N.Y. disco-pop scene alongside the likes of The Golden Filter, Holy Ghost!, and Hercules & Love Affair with today's release of its debut EP, Journal of Ardency.
Released on Terrible Records , a small indie run in part by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, Journal of Ardency comprises five songs of cool analog synth melodies, buoyant basslines, and thick washes of atmosphere, all weighted down by old-school drum machine beats and driven by Harper's inviting voice.
Class Actress is set to take its upbeat live performance on the road with English electro-popstress Little Boots, hitting the Fillmore here March 9. For a preview of what that show, and the new EP, have in store, you can download the opening track from Journal of Ardency here.