Frankie Cosmos


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Zentropy (2014), 7/10
Next Thing (2016), 6/10
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Greta Kline, the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, grew up musically with Aaron Maine's project Porches that released the EPs Summer of Ten (2011), Je T'Aime (2011) and Scrap and Love Songs Revisited (2012) and then the albums Slow Dance in the Cosmos (2013) and Pool (2016), on which he converted to synth-pop.

Kline, still a teenager, assumed the moniker Frankie Cosmos and started releasing tons of music on Bandcamp. The mini-album Zentropy (Double Double Whammy, 2014), recorded when she was still only 19 years old, is an album of melancholy bedroom-pop (Art School). However, she succeeds brilliantly in two songs that evoke 1960s virginal heroines Petula Clark and Francoise Hardy: Birthday Song and Dancing In The Public Eye. Even better is the catchy, propulsive and danceable Buses Splash With Rain.

Next Thing (Bayonet, 2016) contains 15 brief songs recorded with vocalist and keyboardist Gabby Smith (of Eskimeaux), bassist David Maine (Aaron's brother), and drummer Luke Pension. Now she sounds like the child of Tamla's exuberant soul of the 1960s and British twee-pop of the 1990s. The singalong Floated In and the breezy If I Had a Dog are the highlights. She can be both tender and inventive, as in On the Lips. There is still charm in her simplicity, but too many of the songs are irrelevant, hard to listen to more than once.

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(Translation by/ Tradotto da Francesco Romano Spanò )

Greta Kline, figlia dell’attore Kevin Kline e di Phoebe Cates, è musicalmente cresciuta con i Porches, progetto musicale di Aaron Maine che pubblicò gli EPs Summer of Ten (2011), Je T'Aime (2011) and Scrap and Love Songs Revisited (2012) e successivamente gli album Slow Dance in the Cosmos (2013) e Pool (2016), sul quale si convertì al synth-pop.

 

Kline, ancora adolescente, prese lo pseudonimo di Frankie Cosmos, e cominciò a pubblicare tonnellate di musica su Bandcamp. Il mini-album Zentropy (Double Double Whammy, 2014), registrato quando aveva ancora solamente 19 anni, è un album di melanconico bedroom-pop (Art School). Comunque, trionfa brillantemente in due canzoni che evocano le verginali eroine Petula Clark e Francoise Hardy: Birthday Song e Dancing In The Public Eye. Ancor meglio Buses Splash With Rain, orecchiabile, movimentata e ballabile.

 

Next Thing (Bayonet, 2016) contiene 15 canzoni brevi registrate con la tastierista e cantante Gabby Smith (degli Eskimeaux), il bassista David Maine (il fratello di Aaron), and ed il batterista Luke Pension. Sembra adesso figlia del soul esuberante di Tamla degli anni ’60 e del twee-pop degli anni ’90. Il singalong Floated In e l’allegro If I Had a Dog sono i migliori. Sa essere sia tenera che creativa, come in On the Lips. La sua semplicità è ancora affascinante, ma molte canzoni sono irrilevanti, difficili da ascoltare più di una volta.