Album Reviews: Class Actress – ‘Rapprocher’

A hit and miss affair

Elizabeth Harper is a folk singer who traded her six-string for entry to the discotheque. This, her debut, attempts to meld the trace-paper beats of chillwave with the predatory attitude of ’80s funk-pop. It’s a hit and miss affair. ‘Weekend’ finds her confessional singer-songwriter background lining up to the jittery beats with the right amount of awkward grace like some cross between [a]Feist[/a] and [a]Glass Candy[/a]’s Ida No. At other times, like on ‘All The Saints’, her eloquent enunciation jars with the cutesy hip-hop beats, and the effect is akin to watching Gwyneth Paltrow rapping ‘Straight Outta Compton’.
Priya Elan

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