Frankie Cosmos: Out Of The Bedroom

Sep 23, 2019

The term "bedroom pop" is a way of describing lo-fi music recorded at home with a laptop and a microphone.  It's a DIY aesthetic embraced by many these days.  Greta Kline (daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates) released DIY music as a teenager under a variety of names, including Ingrid Superstar and Frankie Cosmos.  The first studio album came out in 2014, and in time Frankie Cosmos became a full-fledged band.

"Close It Quietly" is the fourth Frankie Cosmos studio album.  Greta Kline, Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums) and Alex Bailey (bass) recorded the album close to home in Brooklyn.  Just like in Kline's bedroom days, the idea is to communicate her observations of the world and to tell us about her life.  How long does it take to get a thought across?  There are 21 songs, and most of them are around two minutes in length. 

Frankie Cosmos music is like a friend talking to you.  There are admissions and confessions along the way.  The other band members support Kline in this.  Drummer Luke Pyenson notes that "everything will sound like Frankie Cosmos because Greta has such a distinct voice (literally and figuratively.)  We have so much latitude to experiment with the instrumental music, and this time around we really took advantage of that."