Boomkat Product Review:
Bianca Scout follows an exceptionally screwed choral/downbeat album earlier this year with a total stylistic swerve into doe-eyed, all-hooks synthpop nostalgia on a new alias and album for the cats at Night School, highly recommended if you’re into Chromatics/classic IDIB, Sally Shapiro or Jessy Lanza.
Triple threat dancer/songwriter/performer Bianca Scout has collaborated with everyone from Space Afrika to Ben Vince and Alice Glass in recent years, and brings a classic, cool but nervous energy to ‘Love and Death’, made as a duo with fellow english north eastener Martyn Reid. Under the veil of Marina Zispin, the duo play against type to focus squarely on Italians Do It Better's brand of hypnotic, euphoric sad-eyed pop. The album matches Scout's disembodied coos with serrated, melancholy synths and syrupy, cosmic energies against crisp, fragile backdrops leaden with DIY charm - the kind of blips and sensual arpeggios you'd expect to find on a rediscovered French library LP.
Starting slow and sultry with a sloshing beatbox and radiant choral harmonies of ‘Flowers n the Sea’, Bianca fully assumes the role with strident turns on ultra-ohrwurm ’Ski Resort’ like some classic Glass Candy, while ‘Backworth Golf Club’ keeps it tight on the line of electro, autotuned vox and Ectomorph-like drive, toward the more psych and Giallo-inspired thrum of ‘Hymn’, and the clear comparisons with Molly Nilsson or Alice Cohen in the melancholy dancer ’Surprise Party’.
Memorable, addictive gear from a real one to watch.