FRANKIE ROSE

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Cage Trop­i­cal ★★★ Slumberland Records

It doesn’t take a genius to fig­ure out that Frankie Rose was not in the best place while writ­ing her fourth al­bum. Hav­ing re­turned to her home­town of Los An­ge­les af­ter years in Brook­lyn, an un­spec­i­fied “drama” found her con­tem­plat­ing a fu­ture with­out mu­sic. That fraught spell is cap­tured in lyrics about “wast­ing her life” and such, but the mu­sic is al­to­gether less angsty, if not a lit­tle strange. A thread of John Car­pen­ter-es­que shim­mer­ing sci-fi synths runs through songs like the gur­gling Dyson Sphere, the krautrock

wig-out on Trou­ble is fan­tas­tic and Danc­ing Down the Hall could slot into an episode of Twin Peaks ef­fort­lessly. The weird­ness and para­noia is tem­pered by the off-kil­ter groove of Red

Mu­seum, which sounds like old school, off­beat Madonna. The whole thing just about tips the right side of ec­cen­tric­ity. Frankierose.info

That fraught spell is cap­tured in lyrics about “wast­ing her life” and such, but the mu­sic is al­to­gether less angsty, if not a lit­tle strange

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