Zentropy is coming. Frankie Cosmos, aka Greta Kline, has been making home recordings since 2009.
Experimenting with different sounds and monikers, Kline has released a total of 44 "albums" on her Bandcamp page, but Zentropy serves as her official studio debut. After performing solo for many years, Kline was joined byPorches.’ Aaron Maine on drums as Frankie Cosmos became plugged in for their live performances in April 2012. They played as a duo (guitar and drums) for over a year, before adding David Maine (Stolen Girls) on bass in August 2013.Gabrielle Smith (Eskimeaux) has recently joined the band to sing harmonies and play keyboard.
The full band sound of Zentropy has expanded the palate of Frankie’s music, but the charm of her song writing still shines triumphantly through gorgeous and relatable songs of love, relationships, and life’s simpler moments. Recorded at Business District in Binghamton, NY with producer Hunter Davidsohn (Porches., Summer People), the band were able to expand on their sound while keeping the lo-fi aesthetic, warmth, and beauty that fans of Frankie Cosmos have come to expect.Zentropy is set for a March 4th, 2014 release via Double Double Whammy Records (Crying, Lvl Up, Sirs). Kline shared her thoughts on the record saying,
“Zentropy is a word I made up while we were recording up in Binghamton. It’s sort of about my experience of coming to accept the process and the zen attitude needed to make a studio album. The album is a collaboration with Aaron Maine and Hunter Davidsohn. They put so much work into making it sound the way it does… I originally wrote all the songs on just a guitar, but the full band sound on the record is more true to my live performances.”
Kline expands on the record’s songwriting:
“Love is the main theme on this album; there are a lot of love songs on it. My ultimate goal is to archive everything… small moments and feelings from all over my life. It's all filled with love. The songs are like snapshots of characters in my life -- Ronnie (Aaron Maine) who plays drums in the band, my dog Joe, friendships… People moving, relationships shifting… I'm trying to document all that. It's an ongoing thing.”
Zentropy is out March 4th on Double Double Whammy Records on LP/Digital. Pre-orders are now available.
Check out “Owen” on Pitchfork HERE.
Stream/embed “Owen” via Soundcloud HERE.
Check out “Buses” music video on Rookie Mag HERE.
See what the press is saying about Frankie Cosmos…
“…a great introduction to Kline's world of candid emotions and quotable couplets about dreams, love, rain, and tears… Her songwriting channels the wide-eyed charm of Kimya Dawson and intentionally amateurish spirit of Calvin Johnson, an approach she's imagined in new ways. – Pitchfork
“"Owen" is a lovely number, a track that deserves several listens. Kline's light voice is matched with a deep baritone and a tightly-compressed set of drums, and whether the cleaned-up sound is for you, it's hard to deny how damaging that sweetness can feel.” - Impose
“Greta is an open travel journal, a raw nerve. A chorus of strangers now sing her private moments. Though names are occasionally altered, she hands you a pop up book of her life, including soft lips, Fifth Avenue taxis, and shows at Death By Audio.” - Portals
"Pop doodlebugs from a Gotham songstress on the rise." – Calvin Johnson (K Records)
“Seems impossible for old fans not to still like it, and probable she’ll attract a few new ones.” – The Fader
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