Frankie Rose - Interstellar (2012) / Rating: 4/5
With “Interstellar”, Frankie Rose has her first record as just simply “Frankie Rose”. She’s had a backing band before with “Frankie Rose and the Outs”, and of course played with the Vivian Girls, and Dum Dum Girls. At first listen, I thought Interstellar reminded me of another record that came out this year, Chairlift’s “Something”. Where Chairlift seem to strive for an 80’s pop synth throwback, Rose’s Interstellar is more reminiscent of 80’s post-punk/new wave. There’s something haunting about her sound, yet still filled with a lightness that’s also very pleasant. The French duo AIR, are one of the few other bands that come to mind that possess such an ability to take you to dark places musically but still sound very lite. I wouldn’t say the album is filled with catchy, immediate songs that get stuck in your head, but it’s definitely a grower. Interstellar is worth repeated listens almost entirely for its dense layers. So if you’re into post-punk or new wave bands from the 80’s, I would highly recommend checking out Frankie Rose.
Buy/Listen - Frankie Rose - Interstellar
//post by scott