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Close It Quietly

by Frankie Cosmos

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1.
Moonsea
2.
Cosmic Shop
3.
41st
4.
So Blue
5.
A Joke
6.
7.
Actin' Weird
8.
02:47 video
9.
Never Would
10.
Self-destruct
11.
03:18 video
12.
I'm It
13.
Trunk Of A Tree
14.
Last Season's Textures
15.
Even Though I Knew
16.
UFO
17.
Marbles
18.
Did You Find
19.
A Hit
20.
With Great Purpose
21.
This Swirling

about

Close It Quietly is a continual reframing of the known. It’s like giving yourself a haircut or rearranging your room. You know your hair. You know your room. Here’s the same hair, the same room, seen again as something new. Close It Quietly takes the trademark Frankie Cosmos micro-universe and upends it, spilling outwards into a swirl of referentiality that’s a marked departure from earlier releases, imagining and reimagining motifs and sounds throughout the album. FC’s fourth studio release is a manifestation of the band’s collaborative spirit: Greta Kline and longtime bandmates Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass) luxuriated in studio time with Gabe Wax, who engineered and co-produced the record with the band.

Recording close to home— at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios— grounded the band, and their process was enriched by working closely with Wax, whose intuition and attention to detail made the familiar unfamiliar and allowed the band to reshape their own contexts. On opener “Moonsea,” an unaccompanied Greta begins, “The world is crumbling and I don’t have much to say.” Take that as a wink and a metonym for the whole album, as her signature vocals are joined by Alex’s ascending bassline and Lauren’s eddying synths, invoking a loungey take on Broadcast or Stereolab’s space-disco experimental pop. There’s much more than “not much” to say here, and it's augmented and expanded by experimentation with synth patches, textures, and other recording nuances courtesy of Wax.

As the lineup has solidified into the most permanent expression of full-band Frankie Cosmos, the bandmates have felt more comfortable deviating from their default instruments and contributing bigger-picture ideas to continue pushing the sound forward. The synergy of its creation is clear upon listening: the multiple hands dipping and re-dipping into each song form a multifaceted whole. The band’s closeness and aesthetic consistency freed its members to take more musically-formal risks, notes Luke: "Everything will sound like Frankie Cosmos because Greta has such a distinct voice (literally and figuratively). We have so much latitude to experiment with the instrumental music, and this time around we really took advantage of that."

The album forms its own vortex of reinvention that’s embodied through both the tracks themselves and the recording and arranging processes. “A Joke” curls in on itself, in word and in deed, a series of undercuts defining negative space: “It’s just a joke I wasn’t trying to tell;” “It wasn’t really a game;” “I do not know what I am for/I wasn’t really keeping score.” Inverting technology’s human mimicry, Luke impersonates a drum machine until the song’s end. “A Joke’s” tricks scratch at something bigger, a small song embodying the laughability of attempting to neatly organize or adhere to any particular role.

“Rings of a Tree” frees itself from its original context: released earlier this year on Greta’s solo piano album Haunted Items, she didn’t initially anticipate a major deviation; then, Luke says, “Lauren and I had the same arrangement idea without talking about it. Like, ‘let’s make this song funky. Let’s channel Orange Juice.’ We texted Greta and Alex before practice and Alex came in with a new guitar part that perfectly captured what Lauren and I heard in our heads.”

“I’m just fucking glad for my bubble/despite how often it is penetrated by evil” Greta sings on “Last Season’s Textures,” taking to task the accusation that young people cloister themselves in complacency: she’s quick to point to, thank, and feel suspicious of that sphere all at once. The song explores the feeling of safety in her realm; reasonable despair re: reality (“the news is excruciating”); and a quick admission that darkness isn’t something a liberal-minded social network can block out. Kline notes how the song is “partly about misogyny and internalized misogyny--moments where I've felt betrayed by what is meant to be a safe space.”

Without losing any intimacy of prior albums, Close it Quietly is different, is outer. The album functions as a benign doppelganger, a shadow self of past releases; where other Frankie Cosmos records shine brightest looking inward, Close it Quietly refracts the self into the world, and vice versa, miraculously echoing Thoreau’s assertion that “when I reflect, I find that there is other than me.”

Reflection--and refraction--isn’t tidy. “Flowers don’t grow/in an organized way/why should I?” Greta sings on “A Joke.” Growth isn’t linear. Change happens in circles. While recording the album, Alex says, “I closed my eyes a lot.” Stand in the sun, listen to Close it Quietly, and do the same.

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releases September 6, 2019

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Track Name: Rings (On A Tree)
I see now that it was wrong, so wrong,
To try to hold on to a fallin' tree
One that wouldn’t even look at me
Whose sticks were all arranged so evenly
Who wasn’t holding arms out lovingly
Humiliate your family just cause you wanna stand with me
I think your ring means more than our thing
The day after I decide to end it all
I go for a walk and it feels like everything
Is planted to tell me not to do it
Oh how I wish we’d never met
Oh baby I was all alone in it
Now I see that I was always me
Underneath everything I ever tried to be
Now I see that there is always you
Turning up in everything I do
Track Name: Windows
I still like looking out windows
I know how to forgive those
sceneries for surrounding me
but you did it differently
I don't know how with you though I'd really like to
I'm waiting for you to become
something I heard somewhere once
I want guidance, direction
even for just a second
Spit out diamonds, cough up rubies
Call me when you can see through me
Spit out diamonds, cough up rubies
Call me when you can see through me
Do I have regrets? Certainly
Mostly the fantasy
I let it encircle me
But you did it differently
Do I bounce? I bounce back
Aimless maybe but a worthy task
The slow leak, slow drain
Or: never notice you're boiling
But the fill up is quick
You just have to wait for it
Spit out diamonds, cough up rubies
Call me when you can see through me
Spit out diamonds, cough up rubies
Call me when you can see through me
Track Name: Wannago
the cloud so big and dark
foams up around my heart
the pointed arms of trees
saying "this is where the cloud is"
road wet with yellow lines
and shadows of cars & planes
it's been forever but it's whatever
I'm here for you and I would never
forget you
forget you
you are the best but your will is less
strong than the rest so you just rest
we go together like cymbal and snare
held back and thrust together again
it's miraculous that humans are here
we built ourselves or god is real
and we ended up with eyes and ears
and dreams and science and love and fears
i'm crying here
in the backseat
our home is far
away, empty
and you love me
and you love me
and love is a miracle
cause life's a dream
Prada red and Matisse blue
far yet, close together like me and you
i'm almost there (I'm almost there)
i'm almost there (I wanna go back)
i wanna go back (I'm almost there)
i want to go back (I wanna go back)
where can you put yourself that makes sense (I'm almost there)
i'm worried that i might forget (I wanna go back)
i'm almost there (I'm almost there)
i'm almost there (I wanna go back)
i wanna go back (I'm almost there)
i want to go back (I wanna go back)
if i had a choice
i'd listen to your voice
all day while I'm gone
telescope straight to your song

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