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CD: JÆ - Balls and Kittens, Draught and Strangling Rain | reviews, news & interviews

CD: JÆ - Balls and Kittens, Draught and Strangling Rain

CD: JÆ - Balls and Kittens, Draught and Strangling Rain

JÆ takes us into her world of late-night cabaret pop

JÆ: Oddball late-night pop, both strange and lovely

There is a certain kind of Northern European songcraft that's difficult for we genre-crazed music journo sorts to categorise. The active components are a musical stew of late-night cabaret blues, oddball jazz-classical instrumentation, a smidgeon of Jacques Brel flavour, surreal lyricism and a quavering soprano female voice. At the forefront of this most miniscule of micro-genres would be Lonely Drifter Karen and Clare and the Reasons (although the latter hails from New York). Whatever we might call it, it's the polar opposite of rock'n'roll, it's often beautiful, and we can now add Jessica Sligter - AKA JÆ - to the list of its A-grade practitioners.

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