Friday, August 30, 2013
New tracks from Frankie Rose
In recent years we have been listening and watching Frankie Rose evolve from the garage end of the noise pop spectrum with Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls to the somewhat glossier, though still reverb-heavy, pop of her first solo efforts to the new wave pop of last year's Interstellar. In advance of Herein Wild, her third album under her name, and first for the Fat Possum label, Frankie has released album tracks "Street of Dreams" and "Sorrow'. The former is a cover of "Street of Dreams" by goth punkers the Damned. In my view, Rose meets the original artists part way, infusing modern elements while adding a haunted cast to her version.
"Sorrow" seems to me to be a further exploration of new wave, with strings adding additional depth and gloss. It is one of those pop songs that draws a satisfied sigh from me.