Basically, Frankie Cosmos reminds us that it’s ok to feel down sometimes via a cute pop song with a recorder.
A few months ago, Frankie Cosmos released a single from her upcoming album, Next Thing (Bayonet Records) which is released next Friday. The song continues with the full band that she worked with on her previous album, Zentropy, which fills out the song nicely while maintaining much of her DIY lo-fi feel. The song begins as a very simple pop song with a sparse band and just Greta’s vocals but soon builds with the addition of some swirling organ and harmonies in the chorus and then a recorder interlude. The lyrics in the chorus make reference to an Arthur who is apparently a New York anti-Folk artist from years back. It’s these little references that remind me how these songs are written about things I feel and understand too and that’s probably why I love Frankie Cosmos so much.
Next Thing is released on the 1st Of April and you can also see Frankie Cosmos live in the UK in May.
Recently Mum and I were true urban explorers and, with only backpacks and dubious signal, we took on Bristol (and got some photos along the way). The photos I took are in time order and you have to hover over them for captions I think.
Outside the train station used on the Sarah Records postcards.
The lyric sheet on the Alvvays vinyl I picked up from Rise Records.
With bins and possibly the coolest street name in Bristol.
The bridge to the Thekla/Fleece by night.
Me by The Thekla – While my Mum took this photo I told her multiple times that Alvvays had walked across this car park and played on this boat and also that the Sarah Records closing party was held there.
And the adventure ends at Temple meads at six in the morning.
Over a week ago now, I made a trip up to Bristol to see Hinds at the Bristol Fleece, which might just be my favourite gig venue; its small, has a great atmosphere, a wide selection of artists and friendly security.
Supporting Hinds were New York band, Public Access T.V. who mix new wave with the boy band appeal of the Strokes to produce some catchy songs. Although they weren’t really my kind of thing, they worked with the crowd and the occasion.
Hinds took to the stage just after nice o’clock and instantly brought the energy up. They played a brilliant set which included pretty much all of their debut album, Leave Me Alone, but also included a cover of a ballad in the middle which bought a change to the slightly rowdy atmosphere. Throughout their set, Carlotta and Ana chatted to the crows about Spanish gig traditions (English people – please don’t try to copy) and their appearance at the 6 Music Festival which didn’t go as well as it seemed. After possibly the shortest gap between leaving the stage and encore ever, Hinds graced the stage again once more where they played a cover of Thee Headcoats Davey Crockett. This turned into a massive sing-along for all and was probably the highlight of my night.