We previously shared a Get to Know about Frankie Cosmos. The name Frankie Cosmos is still somewhat of a moniker used by Greta Kline, who previously used the pseudonym Ingrid Superstar (a nod to Andy Warhol’s superstar).
Next Thing is Frankie Cosmos newest album that was released on April 1st and as you listen to the album, you find that Kline finds the perfect balance of ‘indie’ minimalism yet hits the nail on the head with the pop music inflection.
Kline is playful with the starting track If I Had a Dog. It’s using the concept of a dog but really it’s about getting constant advice from people who you didn’t ask for.
Kline’s narrative is piercing, the songs are relatable and summarize on young adult insecurities that are deeply personal but that everyone has felt a time or two (or more). Nailing the feelings of romantic despair by encapsulating a failed relationship with lyrics like, “your name is a triangle, your heart is a square” on Fool.
Tracks like Too Dark illustrate the insecurities about being with someone with lyrics like, “when I know I’m not the best girl in the room, I tell myself I’m the best you can do.”
She chronicles not only about herself but about people in her life for instance on Interlude, she references two characters. First is “Ronnie” who just so happens to be Aaron Maine, Kline’s boyfriend and lead singer of the Brooklyn band Porches and the second is “Joejoe” who’s Kline’s late dog whose picture graced the cover of Zentropy in 2014.
No song is more heartbreaking than Is It Possible / Sleep Song. The track is a two-parter that climaxes with the realization of emotional abuse, “I guess I just make myself the victim like you said. That’s why when you treat me shitty you get mad. It all makes sense now, thanks so much. Goodbye forever, what the fuck.”
Next Thing is the perfect soundtrack to young adolescence. Kline’s concise and clear-eyed observation with perfectly capturing anxiety and disaffection feel as if it were written specifically for me but it’s just because it’s that relatable.