For a newcomer, Frankie Rose brings a pretty impressive musical history steeped in bottom of the well, art house noise and more macabre fascinations to her new outfit. Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls, The Crystal Stilts; she's been associated with 'em all. So it's no wonder the project that now bears her name brings with it the kind of sound that'll send audio purists running for the hills. This is a good thing. On record, as in her self-titled debut, it can be an ethereal, delicate, and eerie sort of sound...a qualm that sounds like it's wafting down long marble hallways from some dilapidated, Victorian concert hall. Here, in their session captured during our CMJ Rockwood Sessions, it's something more immediate...a rush of electricity, reverb, and a tom tom stomp, suggesting Frankie and The Outs also enjoy a hot and heavy romance with plenty of punk rock nostalgia.
As a founding member, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist in Vivian Girls and drummer and occasional vocalist in Crystal Stilts, Frankie Rose has been an integral part of two of the most highly acclaimed and influential groups to come out of Brooklyn's still-vital music scene in the past several years. Her solo project not only reflects the aesthetic earmarks of both those groups, but it also reveals her as a fully-formed artist in her own right.
Ms. Rose's music is haunted by the ghosts of 60s girl group, Brill Building, and 80s and 90s noise pop in equal measure. It's a spooky, lovely sound -- Frankie's ethereal yet affectation-free voice swirling in a sea of church-like harmonies over a bed of tambourines, bells, and propulsive drumming. Recalling in spirit such groups as The Aislers Set and Black Tambourine, Frankie's music is both timeless and immediate, both deeply personal and completely universal.
Recorded at Marlborough Farms Studio with Gary Olson, Kyle Forrester and Crystal Stilts' J.B. Townsend, Thee Only One is a perfect slice of surf-tinged noise-pop. Laden with rumbling reverb and tangy guitar twang, it's an ideal tune with which to wrap up another (almost) endless summer. On the flip, "Hollow Life" is a more subdued affair, spectral psychedelia that resembles nothing so much as Opal's Kendra Smith at her most haunting. Building to a mesmerizing crescendo, "Hollow Life" is a sublime complement to "Thee Only One," rounding out this excellent single in fine fashion and marking Ms. Rose as a talent to watch.