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Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 2016 | Bayonet Records

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A prolific songwriter and self-recording uploader of dozens of song collections in her teens, Greta Kline began using the alias Frankie Cosmos before releasing her first studio album, Zentropy, at age 19. The follow-up LP, Next Thing, finds the musician's pensive, personal lyrics addressing her transition into her twenties. Insightful observations like the concise "when you're young, you're too young/when you're old, you're too old" anticipate a complicated future, expressed in an unassuming manner. As with the songcrafter's twee-veneered music, simple-sounding lyrics often belie depth. Taking over sideman duties from Kline's frequent collaborator Aaron Maine (aka indie musician Porches) are Eskimeaux's Gabby Smith on keyboards, Aaron's brother David Maine on bass, and Luke Pyenson, formerly of Krill, on drums. Again, despite passive first impressions, this is no casual bedroom recording. Rather, careful detailing and adept performance emerge from attentive listens. Such textures are on display on the gentle "Fool," a sparse-seeming love song whose accompaniment is led by bass but includes delicate vocal harmonies, airy keyboard, harmonic guitar, and drums, each component added in turn and, seemingly, only as expressly required. A more standard band song, "On the Lips," features skipping guitar riffs on a talky verse that leads into a catchy aerial chorus that, in a twist on formula, clears out to expose only harmonized vocals and a rhythm section. "Too Dark" also showcases the singer's vulnerable, semi-conversational delivery and wispy upper range, in this case over an emotive, tempo-shifting tune with lyrics dwelling on confessional low self-esteem ("When I know I'm not the best girl in the room/I tell myself I'm the best you can do"). On an album that, from a musical perspective, seems incongruously loaded with self-doubt ("I'm 20, washed up already," "I don't know what I'm cut out for") the material is consistently hooky, endearing, elegant, and uncommonly candid. ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Who is Frankie Cosmos? A poem, a pinch of sunshine, a childlike voice and a pseudonym, all bundled up with simple and joyful dream pop music. Greta Kline’s solo project is her main outlet: she’s published 10 albums, and as many EPs since 2012, independently or with the support of different record labels more recently. The prolific New Yorker’s latest, Close It Quietly, is her second record with Sub Pop; it largely follows in the tracks of Vessel (2018). Producer Gabriel Wax (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Wye Oak) brings a noticeable change to the sonic picture though: the band sounds tighter, with much better dynamics. Lyrically, Kline is still on the path of introspection and thinly veiled self-loathing, grappling with romance, her antisocial tendencies and trademark millennial depression; it’s a record about being in your mid-twenties and wondering what the **** am I going to do with my life? Although Close It Quietly doesn’t take many risks, it leaves a favorable impression on the vast majority of points – solid writing, arrangements, performances and production make this an enjoyable, if hardly standout, listen. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 4, 2014 | Double Double Whammy

The first fully realized studio album from Frankie Cosmos, aka New York songwriter and bedroom-recording enthusiast Greta Kline, is an impossibly rare instance of unabashedly twee songs that transcend self-consciousness and overstated humility to connect with visceral emotional currents. Built on the same heart-on-the-sleeve optimism as both the K Records scene and the early-2000s heyday of New York's anti-folk movement, Zentropy finds Kline presenting ten incredibly short songs of half-daydreamed, half-confessional melodic pop, delivered in a softly deadpan voice that belies the intricate countermelodies and harmonies that hide in every corner of the album. Before this, Kline released over 40 albums' worth of home-recorded sounds online, but Zentropy finds her backed by drummer/vocalist Aaron Maine and bassist/keyboardist David Maine, filling out the sound and taking songs like "Owen" from sleepy folk territory to high-definition indie rock. All the songs come on as simplistic and straightforward, but there's so much happening below the surface in almost every case, musically, lyrically, and conceptually. Complex Smiths-like guitar lines, tempo shifts, and fearlessly open lyrics make songs like "Buses Splash with Rain" and "Birthday Song" crackle with an energy that seems masterful even in the context of their unassuming approach. Often Frankie Cosmos recalls Kimya Dawson's spoken-sung delivery, but replaces the toilet humor, brattiness, and self-awareness of the Moldy Peaches with painfully direct and honest lyrics of separation, confused love, alienation, and affection so blatant it seems like the narrator is singing to herself, unaware anyone's listening in. In this way, Kline completely surpasses even her most immediate influences. Concise, endlessly hooky, and complex on several levels, the album ramps up to a trifecta of three gorgeously sad closing songs. "Dancing in the Public Eye" tosses off lines like "If you really love me you will leave me alone" in a way that makes its darkness sound almost carefree, "My I Love You" aches with the vulnerability of giving in fully to love, and "Sad 2" mourns a dead pet, capturing the hollowness of loss with opening lyric "He was just a dog, now his body's gone, so what is left but me and my poem?" Though short, Zentropy is astonishingly complete, communicating enormous ideas effortlessly and approaching perfection with its 27 minutes. ~ Fred Thomas
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

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Daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates – dare we remind readers of her song Paradise? –  Greta is making the most of her youth with her indy rock and delicate, roguish folk. Early on, under the alias Ingrid Superstar, she put her compositions up on Bandcamp, where there are hundreds of her compositions. After that, she played guitar for the Porches, although since Slow Dance in the Cosmos they have grown apart. Prolific from a young age and accumulating stage names, it was as Frankie Cosmos that she released her first album, at the age of 19. This third album, Vessels, marks a new page in this intimate diary, made up of simple and stark songs that she sings in her frail but mutinous voice. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 13, 2015 | Bayonet Records

"As is Kline's wont, these songs are little glimpses into her fully realized universe, less verse-chorus-verse pop confections than open-ended, contemporary poetic constructions that don't stop where the recording ends."
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 6, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

Who is Frankie Cosmos? A poem, a pinch of sunshine, a childlike voice and a pseudonym, all bundled up with simple and joyful dream pop music. Greta Kline’s solo project is her main outlet: she’s published 10 albums, and as many EPs since 2012, independently or with the support of different record labels more recently. The prolific New Yorker’s latest, Close It Quietly, is her second record with Sub Pop; it largely follows in the tracks of Vessel (2018). Producer Gabriel Wax (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Wye Oak) brings a noticeable change to the sonic picture though: the band sounds tighter, with much better dynamics. Lyrically, Kline is still on the path of introspection and thinly veiled self-loathing, grappling with romance, her antisocial tendencies and trademark millennial depression; it’s a record about being in your mid-twenties and wondering what the **** am I going to do with my life? Although Close It Quietly doesn’t take many risks, it leaves a favorable impression on the vast majority of points – solid writing, arrangements, performances and production make this an enjoyable, if hardly standout, listen. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 19, 2018 | Sub Pop Records

Daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates – dare we remind readers of her Paradise? –  Greta is making the most of her youth with indy rock and delicate, roguish folk. Early on, under the alias Ingrid Superstar, she put her compositions up on bandcamp, where they now number in the hundreds. After that, she played guitar for the Porches, although since Slow Dance in the Cosmos they have rather grown apart. Prolific from a young age and accumulating stage names, it was as Frankie Cosmos that she released her first album, at the age of 19. This third album, Vessels, marks a new page in this intimate diary, made up of simple and stark songs that she sings in her frail but mutinous voice. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 13, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 11, 2016 | Bayonet Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 27, 2019 | Sub Pop Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 27, 2016 | Bayonet Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 24, 2016 | Bayonet Records