Class Actress, 'Rapprocher' (Carpark)

Critical Mass
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Label: Carpark

by Dan Weiss

Chillwave never had much of a female presence, but Brooklyn's Class Actress aim to change that. Last year's self-released Journal of Ardency EP showcased a Knife-like swarm of keyboards and singer Elizabeth Harper's way with a smoke-curling hook, especially on the menacingly sexy title tune. Nothing on this full-length debut is so insidious, though several tracks come close (the lusty "Hangin' On," the upper-register calisthenics of "Keep You"). "Weekend" burns brightest, gushing, "You make me late for church," before the chorus is slimed over by an ocean of synths.

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