Frankie Cosmos, Not For You | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Frankie Cosmos, Not For You 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Sat., May 30, 10 p.m. 2015

On last year’s Zentropy, the first properly distributed full-length from Frankie Cosmos—aka Ingrid Superstar, aka Greta Kline, 21-year-old daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates—barely a single track tops two minutes (the “album” runs 17 minutes total). Initially self-released before its reissue on Double Double Whammy, this collection of stark, twee bedroom pop combines feathery bursts of bare-bones drumming, delicate vocal melodies, and flittering electric-­guitar chords—and like a sugar cone of vanilla soft-serve from a country-­road diner, it’s no-frills, delightful, and pure. The simplicity of Zentropy, though, is actually complicated. Cosmos’s wistful lyrics are simultaneously self-conscious and wide-eyed, almost as though she’s a songwriter in her early 20s who’s trying to make sense of a mess in front of her. And her power to write a perfect hook on a track that’s one minute and eight seconds long (“Birthday Song”) proves that sometimes maturity and experience matter for shit (insert smiley-­face emoji here). Klein also performs as part of the band Porches on Fri 5/29 at Beat Kitchen and earlier today at Do Division. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $10

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