There’s a refreshing lack of intentionality when it comes to Frankie Cosmos. Next Thing — Greta Kline’s second studio-recorded album, but umpteenth overall — is named as such because it’s … well, the next logical step on the Frankie Cosmos journey. There’s some new songs — “Sappho,” “Sinister,” and “Floated In” are particular highlights — and some older ones that have either become staples in their live sets (“Embody,” with its goofy group dance to go along with it, and “Too Dark”) or have been included in past releases, like “On The Lips” and “Tour Good” (or both!). This patchwork of tracks makes for an album that doesn’t have much of a thematic through-line beyond the anxiety-ridden adolescence that Kline’s songwriting naturally gravitates towards, but it does result in 15 songs worth of the sharpest, most accomplished Frankie Cosmos material to date. You can stream the new record in full over on Bandcamp, along with a conversation between Kline and fellow musician Ezra Furman.
Revisit the video for “Is It Possible / Sleep Song” below.
Next Thing is out 4/1 via Bayonet Records.