Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Double Double Whammy, 2014
Frankie Cosmos frontwoman Greta Kline is only 19-years old. Poor thing, every review is going to shine a spotlight on her youth. I hope she isn’t made self-conscious by that, because it’s something that informs here beautiful, ramshackle indie-pop. Though Kline’s studio debut as Frankie Cosmos barely cracks the 17-minute mark and the songs are almost exclusively a minute or two long, she gets her point across without bogging her terrific little songs down. They’re crisp little bundles of bliss akin to the glory days of K Records. Kline’s voice is that of a more pedestrian Tracyanne Campbell (to the point where Jenny just started singing Camera Obscura’s “Suspended From Class” out of nowhere, having only heard me listening to Zentropy in the background), which renders the tracks both lovely and down to earth. The songs are sweet and sad and about the usual stuff: high school, love, drama, and a particularly touching ode to a deceased dog. Zentropy is a little joy, a tiny triumph.