“With this I’m scraping by…” Greta Kline as alter-ego Frankie Cosmos sings delicately in the track “Young.” Her new four track EP Fit Me In was produced with Bayonet Records and released November 14. With the growing success of this synth-inclined short-banged singer, it is hard to say she is scraping by in notoriety.
This EP shows a movement towards dream pop and away from the indie stylings of Kline’s first studio album Zentropy. Based on the response, it worked. Her soft, gentle voice clearly holds strength in popularity. Kline performed November 11 with All Dogs at the Elks Lodge and the place was packed. For a dense, sweaty as hell crowd to be standing elbow to elbow and dancing to the new songs anyway says something about who’s performing.
Frankie Cosmos is captivating. Her music isn’t quite shoegaze, but the electronic touch that has become more prevalent in Kline’s work adds another dimension to her reflective and moody lyrics. The beats are reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and other ’80s pop, yet more intellectual. The heavy vibrations and contrasting lightness of Kline’s keyboard in “O Contest Winner” make you want to dance in slow motion all night. Aaron Maine of New York band Porches brings a bass line into the single “Sand,” miming Kline’s melodic voice and creating a hook that always ends too soon.
It is well known that Kline has drawn inspiration from New York poet Frank O’Hara for this project, and this goes to show that her words are just as important as her sound. Frankie Cosmos is thought-provoking and unconventional in the best and most honest way.
This experimental 4-song EP is a preview for a more fleshed-out LP set to be released in 2016 on Bayonet Records. Kline’s anti-folk sound may have evolved out of basement rock lo-fi sound, but her poetic lyricism and thoughtfulness remains. New and old fans alike should look forward to Frankie Cosmos’ next electrifying release.