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Frankie Cosmos Judge a TV Baking Competition in the Video for New Song “Wannago”

Close It Quietly Due Out September 6 via Sub Pop

Aug 12, 2019 Frankie Cosmos
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Frankie Cosmos, the project of Greta Kline, along with her backing band, are releasing a new album, Close It Quietly, on September 6 via Sub Pop. Now they have shared another song from the album, “Wannago,” via a video for the track that features Kline playing four different judges in a TV baking contest, with the rest of the band the contestants and comedian Catherine Cohen as the host. House of Nod directed the amusing video, which you can watch below, followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Kline had this to say about the song in a press release: “‘Wannago’ is an older song that I thought would never come out. Every time we ever tried to arrange it we gave up or lied that we would come back to it later. It felt too hard, and I found some of the lyrics embarrassing. Then Alex encouraged us to give it another shot because he really loved the demo. We ended up all working together to turn this into a song that feels sparkly and distinct; and it’s really fun to play. I’ve accepted the cheesier lyrics as part of the youthful glow of the song, it feels very wide-eyed and is purely about love, distance, and life.”

Drummer Luke Pyenson had this to say about the video: “I thought a baking competition theme would translate well to a music video. In some ways I think the lighthearted drama, tension, and release of that format mirrors the ebb and flow of emotions (lyrically and musically) in this song, and so it was kind of a natural fit.”

Previously Frankie Cosmos shared Close It Quietly‘s first single, “Windows,” via a video for the track. Then they shared another single from the album, “Rings (On a Tree).” An earlier solo version of the song appeared this spring on Kline’s digital-only series, Haunted Items, where she released new songs each week over the course of a month. They were new stripped down songs written for the piano, performed solo by Kline. This was a full-band version of the song.

Frankie Cosmos released their last album album, Vessel, back in March 2018 via Sub Pop, the band’s first for the iconic Seattle label. Gabe Wax engineered and co-produced Close It Quietly with the band. It was recorded at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios. Kline’s longtime bandmates are Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass). This time it seems like the rest of the band were even more involved in the recording process.

“Everything will sound like Frankie Cosmos because Greta has such a distinct voice (literally and figuratively),” said Pyenson in a previous press release. “We have so much latitude to experiment with the instrumental music, and this time around we really took advantage of that.”

The previous press release cited Broadcast and Stereolab as unexpected reference points for Close It Quietly.

Read our 2018 interview with Frankie Cosmos on Vessel.

Also read our 2016 interview with Frankie Cosmos.

Frankie Cosmos Tour Dates:

Sep. 18 - Boston, MA - Royale
Sep. 19 - Burlington, VT - Arts Riot
Sep. 20 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral
Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 25 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Sep. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Hall
Sep. 27 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Sep. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Sep. 29 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct. 08 - Munich, DE - Heppel & Ettlich
Oct. 09 - Vienna, AT - Chelsea
Oct. 10 - Prague, CZ - Underdogs’
Oct. 11 - Cologne, DE - MTC
Oct. 12 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes
Oct. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
Oct. 14 - Paris, FR - Badaboum
Oct. 15 - Reims, FR - La Cartonnerie
Oct. 16 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Oct. 17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange
Oct. 19 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
Oct. 20 - Sheffield, UK - Delicious Clam (Sold Out)
Oct. 21 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
Oct. 22 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 31 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 01 - Tacoma, WA - Alma Mater
Nov. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Hollywood Theatre
Nov. 03 - Seattle, WA - Laser Dome @ Pacific Science Center
Nov. 07 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Nov. 08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Nov. 10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Nov. 12 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Nov. 13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720
Nov. 16 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre

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