CMU Approved

Approved: Frankie Rose – Night Swim

By | Published on Monday 23 January 2012

Frankie Rose

Having eschewed The Outs’ company, it stands that Frankie Rose’s solo debut ‘Interstellar’, released via Memphis Industries on 19 Mar, sounds like a lone labour of devotion. Remnants of her lo-fi heritage in Vivian Girls and the Dum Dum Girls are retro-fit to myriad era-spanning tropes – New Wave romanticism, sixties psych/garage-pop and Johnny Marr guitars (see first ‘Interstellar’ single ‘Know Me’) – which provide shifting scope for Rose’s own inventive songwriting craft.

Just as Dee Dee stepped out from under the scratch and fuzz of Dum Dum Girls’ debut in ‘Only In Dreams’, the band’s sophomore suite, with a revelatory tone to her trill, so too is Frankie’s voice the sweetest surprise of ‘Interstellar’. Her style when singing is to press the nectar from each honeyed note; thus rendering the music at once as close and grandiose; light and loveless as it sounds in moonlit album track ‘Night Swim’. Preview that here: