Frankie Cosmos

91.5 KRCC Presents

Frankie Cosmos

Lomelda, Ashley Koett

Fri Apr 06 2018

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Frankie Cosmos
New York native songwriter and composer Greta Kline has shared a bounty of her
innermost thoughts and experiences from the past six years through the almost inconceivable
number of songs she has released since 2011. Like many of her peers, Kline’s prolific creative
output was initially born out of an era where bedroom recording and self-releasing became more
possible than ever through the advent of the internet. But as she’s grown as a writer and
performer, playing to larger audiences and devising more complex albums, Kline has shifted
from an artist who’s made strides despite limitations, to an artist whose impact can be seen
across modern independent music. Her newest record, Vessel, which will be out spring 2018
through Sub Pop Records, is the 52nd release from Kline and the third studio album by her indie
pop outfit Frankie Cosmos. On it, Kline explores all of the changes that have come in her life as
a result of the music she has shared with the world for the past half-decade, as well as the parts
of her life that have remained irrevocable.
Frankie Cosmos has taken several different shapes since their first full band album,
Zentropy, erupted in New York’s DIY music scene in 2014. For Vessel the band’s line up
comprises of multi-instrumentalists David Maine, Lauren Martin, Luke Pyenson, and Kline, who
each contributed their own musical sensibilities to help shape the sound of the new record. In
between tours supporting their last album, Next Thing, Kline brought new songs to the band’s
rehearsals, and together the members collectively participated in turning them into full band
arrangements. As a result, the album’s staggering 18 tracks implement a range of
instrumentations and recording methods unheard of on the albums preceding it, while still
maintaining the succinctly sincere nature of Kline’s songwriting.
The album’s opening track, “Caramelize,” serves as the thematic overture for Vessel,
alluding to topics like dependency, growth, and love which reoccur throughout the record. The
song strings together a scope of musical motifs and showcases the intense dynamics in both
Kline’s lyrics and the band’s performance that continue on the tracks that follow. Although many
of the scenarios and personalities written about on Vessel are familiar territory for Frankie
Cosmos, what’s really changed on the new record is Kline’s nuanced point of view and her
desire to constantly question the latent meaning of her experiences. In the album’s first single
“Jesse,” Kline grapples with the startling personal epiphanies in life that stem from dreams and
subconscious realizations. On another single, “Apathy,” Kline confronts her own insecurities
around personal change and feeling distant from the people she once had a close relationship
with. Then later on the album “Accommodate,” deals with the complexity of being in a
community that would rather turn its nose a problem than hold its members accountable. “Being
Alive” stands out as one of the few old bandcamp-era Frankie Cosmos songs the band
reworked for Vessel, and shows the rhythm section quickly shifting between fast and slow
tempos as Kline ponders the minutia of existence. Kline’s dissonant lyrics are paired with the

band’s driving, jangly grooves creating several moments on the album where the bandmates’
chemistry playing together is brought to the forefront.
To record Vessel, Frankie Cosmos traveled back up to Binghamton, New York to work
with Hunter Davidsohn, the producer and studio engineer who helped craft the sound for
Zentropy and Next Thing. The band spent 3 days upstate tracking drums, bass, guitars, and
vocals, favoring the spontaneity of reel-to- reel tape over the meticulous perfectionism caused by
recording digitally. Then the band and Davidsohn continued recording the album for another
three days in Brooklyn with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader at their studio, Gravesend
Recordings. As Frankie Cosmos started testing out new songs for Vessel on the road, the band
invited members from their fellow touring bands to join them on stage to sing or play parts on
tracks like “Being Alive” and “Jesse.” Once in the studio, the band decided to invite those same
friends and more to contribute parts to the final recorded versions including Alex Bailey
(formerly of Warehouse, who has replaced David Maine as a permanent member of the live
band), Vishal Narang (of Airhead DC), and singer/songwriter Anna McClellan. After six days of
recording, Davidsohn continued mixing the album back upstate and eventually sent the finished
album to Josh Bonati to be mastered.
Vessel’s run time is exactly double the length of Frankie Cosmos’ breakout record,
Zentropy, and serves as enormous leap forward in the band’s catalog. But ultimately, the
album’s unique sensibility, esoteric narratives, and reveling energy, allow it to exist as just
another distinctive chapter in Kline’s ongoing musical auto-biography. Through Vessel, Kline
provides the listener with a spectrum of disparate anecdotes, observations, and affirmations and
then tasks them with arranging the pieces in a way that they can make their own sense of.
Typically albums by artists at a similar stage in their career are written with the weight of
knowing that someone is on the other end listening. Yet, despite bringing attention to her
audience in direct references, Kline and the rest of Frankie Cosmos have passionately written
Vessel with a clarity not muddled by the fear of meeting anyone’s expectation.
Country tinged indie pop / rock project from Silsbee, Texas. Based around Hannah Read it also includes the musicians Zach Daniel, Andrew Stevens, Ryan McGill, Andrew Hulett, etc.
Ashley Koett
Ashley Koett
Venue Information:
Black Sheep
2106 E. Platte Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80909