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Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Nice Try

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Tender indie-pop still has some juice left in it, to judge from New York band Frankie Cosmos' 2016 album Next Thing. Greta Kline (who began Frankie Cosmos as a solo project) writes gorgeous vocals melodies and channels them through a voice that's got just the right balance of vulnerable and airy, especially on the chorus of "On The Lips." Kline also writes lyrics that deftly walk a line between triviality, sadness, and self-awareness: "Feeling pretty far from home / so I sit to write this down / I guess it's not really brave / I know I'm not a lake / I haven't written this part yet / will you help me write it," she sings on "Outside With The Cuties." Fellow New Yorkers Ian Sweet add a noisier take on oddball pop to the proceedings here. —Scott Gordon

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