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REVIEW: Frankie Cosmos scores big with new album, ‘Vessel’

Frankie Cosmos built a small cult-following with their DIY bedroom-based recordings. After bursting into the Brooklyn music scene with their 2014 studio debut, Zentropy, 24-year-old songwriter, Greta Kline, started to gain recognition for her lyricism, drawing inspiration from the poetry of Frank O’Hara.

Now, the talented young performer is back with an all-new album, Vessel, her first from Sub-Pop Records. Much like the band’s earlier independent releases, their latest project channels a more stripped-down, indie-pop sound that has become somewhat of a signature style. It is the embodiment of the many changes that have happened in her life as a result of her music and others that remain irrevocable.

The album opens with “Caramelize,” a quirky power-pop track that really outlines the musical progression of the former Porches bassist and emerging anti-folk heroine. She follows with her introspective single, “Apathy,” within which she confronts her own insecurity and the distant feelings with those she once had a close relationship with.

Her lead single, “Jesse,” touches on the stark realizations and personal epiphanies that many of us have experienced in our lifetimes, through her own subconscious thoughts and dreams. Another noteworthy track, “Accommodate” delves into the duality of living in a community that would rather look the other way instead of addressing an issue head-on.

“Being Alive” is another of the album’s many highlights. The song, which was originally released in 2014 under the alter-ego, Ingrid Superstar, was reworked and remastered for the album, conjuring influences from her past. Some other memorable tracks include, “Ballad of R & J,” which talks about long-distance relationships and the uneasy feeling of unknowing, and “Same Thing,” a track which defines the album as a whole, as something akin to their other, early works. 

In an interview with Pitchfork, Kline said, “ultimately, there’s nothing that makes this album more special than any other of the albums. The idea is it’s another chapter, and there’s gonna be a million more. Yes, it’s special to me right now, but it’s also not as important as the 50 new songs I’ve written since.”

The album closes with the title track, “Vessel,” which mixes her sweet indie-pop vocals with a more anthemic marching sound.

Vessel channels more from her own personal life experiences than past recordings and with a run-time twice as long as their 2014 debut, it makes this a worthwhile listen for music fans of all ages.

RATING: 4 / 5

LISTEN: FRANKIE COSMOS – ‘VESSEL’

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