Vessel by Frankie Cosmos
Remember when I mentioned the glut of edgy female rock singer/songwriters? Of course you do, it was just two days ago. Well, now we’re up to our second Bacon Top 31 submission into the sub-genre, Greta Kline, otherwise known as Frankie Cosmos.
You’ll notice that Kline’s voice is a bit different from Speedy Ortiz’s (or from Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, etc) in that it’s really high. Up to now, I would have claimed that one of the defining features of the genre is the proclivity of the women in the group to have low-register voices. Kline blows that theory out of the water, even while maintaining the other traits of the sub-genre: honest, hard-hitting lyrics with a garage-band-esque production style.
Kline is the former bass player for the Pleasantville, NY band Porches, and she is also the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Armed with a backing band of revolving members, Frankie Cosmos has released three full-length albums. Vessel is by far the best of the three (and her first for the Seattle label Sub Pop). With 18 songs, most coming in at under two minutes (for a total of only 33 minutes), the album pops with a realism that laments the life of a mid-20s spirited punk rocker.
The band have released a number of videos in support of the album. The one above, for the song “Apathy” is the best of the bunch, but you can also check out “Jesse” and “Being Alive”. And then give the full album a listen, and pay attention to the lyrics, as that is where it really shines.