Thursday, April 28, 2011

Body talk

By Meredith Deliso

All four members of Body Language have clearly defined roles. Matthew Young writes most of the lyrics. Ian Chang creates crazy beats on the drums. Grant Wheeler mans the keys. And Angelica Bess? Well, she adds the sparkle.

“We have this ongoing joke that I’m not really a musician, I’m just a sparkler,” said the Crown Heights-based singer. “I have the glockenspiel and eight passes on my synthesizer — they’re all sparking sounds. And apparently my voice sparkles as well.”

Her Lily Allen-esque voice (minus the British accent) has attracted the likes of Michael Angelakos in Passion Pit and Whale Belly, whom she’s done backing vocals for. Together, Young, Wheeler and Bess also used to back for Theophilus London before he went solo. When Chang got on board, Body Language — and its electronic, R&B, Tropicalia sound — was born.

The band’s most-recent EP, “Social Studies,” has attracted fans for its danceable grooves, and lately, the quartet’s been in Young and Wheeler’s Clinton Hill-based studio to churn out more, which they’ll bring to Southpaw this Friday for a show with Melo-X.

“I never really knew dance music would get this much attention, because the whole indie lo-fi alternative pop thing has been such a movement lately,” said Bess. “But people still love dance music.”

It must be the sparkle.

Body Language at Southpaw [125 Fifth Ave. at Sterling Place in Park Slope, (718) 230-0236], April 29 at 9 pm. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For info, visit


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