Frankie Rose – Interstellar

January 01, 1970



Rose has never seemed settled – it was obvious in her jumpy stints in
likeminded bands (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts) and
subsequent solo debut in 2010 as frontlady for Frankie Rose and the Outs. And
just when you thought the Brooklyn dweller had
decided on a long-term venture, she makes an even bigger leap.


For Interstellar, Rose drops the Outs to go
truly singular. She’s shed all the expectations accrued by a garage-pop
repertoire to adopt an altogether
new persona, one that’s doused in glitter and glam and driven by soft,
mesmerizing vocals. You won’t find any “Candy” or “Girlfriend Island” type of
tunes here, but instead, tracks touched by electronic, danceable beats and
guitars akin to the Cure of the ‘80s.


In this
new terrain, it’s entirely forgivable to mistake a track for an Imogen Heap
B-side (“Gospel/Grace”) or the intro to Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses” (“Daylight
Sky”). New Wave nuances are evident throughout, but particularly on “Know Me”
and “Night Swim.” Unless they’ve done some reading ahead of time, Frankie Rose
fans will most certainly be taken aback by Interstellar.


But if you
backtrack to the Outs’ LP, it turns out Interstellar isn’t so far a stretch. She’d already loosely worked with Le Chev, who’s
best known for reworking songs like “Sleepyhead,” when he put his spin on
“Candy.” So consider the echoing, lovely “Hollow Life” and the revelatory
“ahhs” of “Lullabye for Roads and Miles” of the Outs as the bedrock for what
Rose was building – a progressive dance-pop album that, maybe because of her
background, feels a heck of a lot hipper than what her new genre counterparts
can offer.


DOWNLOAD: “Know Me,” “Daylight Sky” JHONI JACKSON

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