Frankie Cosmos leader and chief songwriter Greta Kline has an impressive 52 releases under her belt in just seven years. Vessel is her third under the Frankie Cosmos name and sees her looking back at the effect this artistically prolific time has had on her through her particular brand of pleasingly melodic indie-pop. LP, CD and Cassette on Sub Pop, with a limited translucent blue vinyl version if you're quick!
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The main problem I'm having with this third album of fruity indie pop from Greta Kline is the pitch of her voice. Higher than helium. She's released 52 records so far which impressive until you try to work out how many of them are actually any good. What we have here is a kind of cross between Kimya Dawson and a piece of candy floss, it's naive and charming though in all the right places.
On 'This Stuff' she does simple song story stuff with hints of the delivery of the anti-folk movement. As with everything in life she's better when sad. Dial the kookiness down a bit and you start to get sweet moments such as the verses of 'Jesse' which are rather lovely and suggest that there's more to come out of her once she stretches out her songwriting.
For now fans of Moldy Peaches/anyone worried about soundtracking quirky US indie films will be pretty happy with this.
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