We’re longtime fans of Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline), who’s latest record “Next Thing” premiered this week on Bandcamp. (You can listen to it here.) It’s a great collection of vulnerable tunes — don’t say twee — that demonstrate Greta Kline’s growth as a songwriter, not to mention her knack for efficiency. Most of the fifteen tracks clock in at under two minutes and maintain the DIY, home-recorded aesthetic her fans have come to expect. It’s a solid follow-up to Zentropy and we highly recommend it. The Shea Stadium shows are already sold-out but you can catch Frankie Cosmos at Market Hotel on May 1.
Ezra Furman: I feel like the best DIY stuff—your stuff included—makes me feel as if the artists have created their own world, one that’s insulated from the BS. We were talking about Krill, the band my brother was in—I feel like they did that. But I don’t know how much of an illusion that idea is. Do you feel like you have an insulated world in some way? Or do you think you’re as mired in the day-to-day as anyone else?
Greta Kline: I don’t know. I definitely don’t know anything about current pop culture, so in that way, I feel lucky that I’m not being influenced by what’s cool or trendy. I feel pretty certain that what we make is very pure and instinctual. And that’s a really good feeling. Like Krill—the stuff that they’re talking about is timeless. It’s like a book. It’s not ever going to stop being cool to read a book. Books only get more important over time. I think some music is like a book, in that it only gets better over time—or more recognized. It never goes out of style if it’s good or special. I feel that way about a lot of my friends’ music, so maybe that’s just a special secret inside view. Maybe other people see it and think, ‘This is hipster BS,’ or something.
Read the whole interview on the Bandcamp blog and check out first single from Next Thing below.