Written by DJ St. Kilda
Interstellar, the new album from Frankie Rose – formerly of Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, and Dum Dum Girls – was released digitally via Slumberland Records on Feb 6th, 2012 with a physical release set for February 21st. Interstellar is Frankie’s second solo full length album, and the first under simply her name, having dropping the moniker ”Frankie Rose & The Outs” after the band’s 2010 self titled release. Interstellar moves Frankie from a place of 60’s inspired girl garage rock, to a world of ethereal and harmonic dream pop. Synth lines, echoing piano, organ, and simple drumbeats all along with Frankie’s layered, airy vocals weave together to form a gorgeous collection of songs. Title track “Interstellar” starts with gentle strings and keys, before coming to life with a heavy kick drum. Album highlight “Pair of Wings” combines harmony drenched vocals with tender and wistful lyrics (“Show me your scars, I’ll show you mine…I just may fall but I’ll take that chance”). The hazy guitar of “Night Swim” can’t help bringing to mind the great (and underrated in this reviewer’s opinion) Saddle Creek band Art in Manila.
Normally if I said an album all blended together I would consider it a downside
of the record. Interstellar does, but in this case, it’s a compliment. It blends in
the same way a Beach Fossils or Washed Out album blends. Listening to the
dreamy tracks flow by is a bit like watching clouds – you’re not sure at exactly
what point they drift from one shape to another. In the case of Interstellar, it’s
best just to sit back and let it wash over you.
2. Know Me
5. Pair of Wings
6. Had We Had It
7. Night Swim
Already a fan of Frankie Rose? Then check out Dum Dum Girls, Radiation City,
Lovers, Seapony, Art In Manila