Release Date: Sep 6, 2019
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
The onetime bedroom project of singer/songwriter Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos made its debut as a four-piece band dozens of albums later with 2018's Vessel, a release that doubled as the project's Sub Pop debut. A year and a half later, Close It Quietly continues on the path set by that album, with a sound reinforced by input from, as opposed to the mere presence of, bandmates (here, drummer Luke Pyenson, keyboardist Lauren Martin, and bassist Alex Bailey). As with all Frankie Cosmos output, the spotlight remains on Kline's endearingly candid confessions and observations thanks in part also to first-time collaborator Gabe Wax (The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Palehound), who engineered and co-produced the album.
Three songs into Frankie Cosmos' latest album, Close It Quietly, Greta Kline asks the million-dollar question: "Does anyone wanna hear the 40 songs I wrote this year?" The answer, of course, is yes. A million times and a million songs yes. In a year marked by release after release of dream-pop covered in layers of gauzy synths and strings, Kline and her cohorts throw out a punched up indie-pop lifeline for those that want it.
Greta Kline's early work as Frankie Cosmos earned the New York songwriter a reputation as a dazzling twee prodigy, a teenager who deftly encapsulated the weighty uncertainties of humanity in two-minute bites of melody. On her EP Fit Me In, the followup to 2014's breakout album Zentropy, she mocked her own press coverage, which seemed more preoccupied with her age then her work: "Have you heard? I am so young. " Every Frankie Cosmos album since has felt like an attempt to take stock of what transpired since Kline's last release, with moving meditations on touring, friendships, and the alienation of being a public-facing figure keen on safeguarding her private life.
To listen to Frankie Cosmos is to step straight into singer/songwriter Greta Kline's diary. The soft inclines of Kline's vocals and her gently jangling indie-pop riffs draw you calmly under the covers into an introspective land of scribbled poetic musings. The joy? That her ardently subjective lyrics frequently give way to creeping moments of universality.
Close It Quietly is the fourth studio album, and second through Sub Pop, by Frankie Cosmos, stage alias of Greta Kline. It's an album with a real Nick Cave-esque album opening punch of a lyric “The world is crumbling and I don't have much to say”. This gives a sense that what is coming next is perhaps an album that may have minimal lyrical impact - but this is wrong.