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NTW - Frankie Rose

6/12/2014

Frankie Rose, 'Herein Wild'
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This Brooklynite has played with some of the indie-blog era's more beloved acts — Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls — and her second solo album is full of pristine songs that harken back to the golden age of gloomy, swirling guitars. The bouncing bassline of "Into Blue" belies its sadness — but then again, some of the best pop songs are some of the teariest ones. The album's midpoint, "Cliffs as High," is stunning, Rose's light beam of a voice blooming underneath shrouds of reverb before a piano and a rush of strings swoop in and further ground the mood. It's slow and dreamy, and it's where the melancholia teased by other tracks' rainy-day guitars reaches its peak. - M.J.

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