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Close It Quietly takes the trademark Frankie Cosmos micro-universe and upends it, spilling outwards into a swirl of referentiality that’s a marked departure from earlier releases, imagining and reimagining motifs and sounds throughout the album. The band’s fourth studio release is a manifestation of their collaborative spirit: Greta Kline and longtime bandmates Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass) luxuriated in studio time with Gabe Wax, who engineered and co-produced the record with the band. Recording close to home— at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios— grounded the band, and their process was enriched by working closely with Wax, whose intuition and attention to detail made the familiar unfamiliar and allowed the band to reshape their own contexts.

“41st” from Frankie Cosmos’ Close it Quietly (Release day: September 6th, 2019)

On opener Moonsea, an unaccompanied Greta begins, “The world is crumbling and I don’t have much to say.” Take that as a wink and a metonym for the whole album, as her signature vocals are joined by Alex’s ascending bassline and Lauren’s eddying synths, invoking a loungey take on Broadcast or Stereolab’s space-disco experimental pop. There’s much more than “not much” to say here, and it’s augmented and expanded by experimentation with synth patches, textures, and other recording nuances courtesy of Wax. As the lineup has solidified into the most permanent expression of full-band Frankie Cosmos, the bandmates have felt more comfortable deviating from their default instruments and contributing bigger-picture ideas to continue pushing the sound forward.

The band’s closeness and aesthetic consistency freed its members to take more risks, notes Luke: “Everything will sound like Frankie Cosmos because Greta has such a distinct voice (literally and figuratively). We have so much latitude to experiment with the instrumental music, and this time around we really took advantage of that.” Without losing any intimacy of prior albums, Close it Quietly is different, is outer. The album functions as a benign doppelganger, a shadow self of past releases; where other Frankie Cosmos records shine brightest looking inward, Close it Quietly refracts the self into the world, and vice versa, miraculously echoing Thoreau’s assertion that “when I reflect, I find that there is other than me.

Close it Quietly (Release day: September 6th, 2019)

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Frankie Cosmos, photo by <a href="http://www.jackielyoung.com/">Jackie Lee Young</a>

Frankie Cosmos have announced a new record called “Close It Quietly” due out September 6 via Sub Pop Records. The lead single “Windows” arrives with a music video directed by Eliza Doyle and Frankie Cosmos frontperson Greta Kline. The visual captures a day in New York. Watch below.

“This song takes place during the waiting period of healing, not knowing how to proceed or how to find the path to forgiveness,” Greta Kline said of “Windows” in a statement. “The inner versus the outer—learning to see yourself as part of the whole. For me the lyrics cover some of the slow movements of relationships, the shifts that occur in ways of thinking over time.”

Frankie CosmosGreta Kline, Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass)—recorded Close It Quietly in Brooklyn with engineer/co-producer Gabe Wax. It’s the band’s follow-up to 2018’s Vessel.

Close it Quietly (Release day: September 6th, 2019)