Frankie Cosmos’ best love song is her life

Maine always drummed in Frankie Cosmos, and Kline played bass in Porches. With one band or another, they spent most of the spring playing a few times a week in New York and at least as much in cities that are easily accessible by car. Fortunately, the couple shared a booking agent who was able to juggle his schedules so they could tour together and then go home to their shared Greenwich Village apartment at the same time.

For much of 2015 after deciding he wanted to produce the new verandas himself. Maine worked to give the record an “odd obsessive” quality and tinkered endlessly with its humble collection of microphones and a newly heaped line of analog synthesizers. He’s not as fanatic as Brian Wilson, but he has that calm, distracted aura around him when we talk while, for no particular reason, shuffling through a pile of business cards in his wallet explaining his production process. “I’ve been working on the record every day for six months,” he says, obviously aware of the enormous amount of effort that indicates it. “But you can say that someone did it on their own, as opposed to a large studio performing in a nice microphone.” He says the album is “loved but not too much”.

Progress on Kline’s new Frankie Cosmos album, which she gave the winking title Next Thing, has been slower or at least less consistent. The band, which was cemented earlier this year with Gabby Smith from Eskimeaux on vocals and keys and Aaron’s brother David on bass, had to find the time to wander as far as Binghamton, New York, where a friend runs a studio to continue working on the recording. Given Aaron’s verandas, this is no mean feat. Worry, Smith’s involvement in her own band and a few others, and David’s day job as a masseuse in training at a nearby gym. “Our album will feel like we’ve whipped it out,” says Kline. “We’ve been up three times in six months and doing everything there. So it feels like the exact opposite [of Porches.]””

She speaks excitedly about her signature on Bayonet Records, the new reprint launched with a characteristically undercutting sense of humor by former Captured Tracks collaborator Katie Garcia and her husband Dustin Payseur (who plays in Beach Fossils and Laced). “Yes, we have signed,” she says, the fear quotes are almost audible. “I have a deal.” Signing is strange territory for both of them who, after years of posting material right on their Bandcamp pages, were just getting used to the idea of ​​working with their close friends on Double Double Whammy. The bayonet arrangement works because, as Kline explains, “they’re people to hang out with and trust,” but there are still growing problems becoming a more professional band: picking publicists, meeting label staff, speak with me. “It was nice to slowly but surely get to know the people involved,” explains Kline. “But it’s hard enough choosing three people to be in your band.”

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