Frankie Rose – Night Swim

February 2, 2012

There was always a charm behind the grit, grime and fuzz of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and the Vivian Girls–the three acts Frankie Rose was associated with before flying solo–but sometimes the distortion served as a barrier rather than a conduit, blocking access to what it was that made those bands so endearing. Now that she’s on her own, Frankie Rose has turned the gain down, and the result is a cleaner sound, as if she took a catchy Dum Dum Girls track and gave it a sonic bath. Tracks like “Night Swim” are more new-wave than noise-pop, and because of Rose’s ethereal but punchy vocals, the generic transition is a smooth one. Interstellar will be out be out February 21st.

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