This whole 2023 thing has been quite a shit show from those at the ATH offices: forced server changes, loss of electricity, loss of Internet (still!), and we’re old! But, we keep pushing on, as there’s still plenty of great tunes for you to cover and enjoy. It was good to hear that our old pal Jana Horn has a new LP on the way; she’s been one of my favorite voices forever. I think my favorite jam of the week came from the latest single from Roller Derby…with a video that has lots of nods to Austin and their journey to SXSW last year. Plus, Elephant 6 added the Rishis to their roster, so be sure to give a listen. Label of the week clearly goes to Slumberland with more Frankie Rose and new Reds, Pinks and Purples. I aim to hopefully have more tunes up this week! But enjoy a quick journey through what we loved last week!
If you expected the same Frankie Rose record to repeat the story’s of albums passed, well, you’re out of luck. The newest LP, as personified in this track below (and the first single) see Rose circling back to a pop ethos that drove her songwriting early on, with a heavy bent on the electronic vibe. There’s this almost club-induced vibe here, embellished by the digitalized video work accompanying the tune. Frankie’s voice is the gravitational pull, though the pulse of the song allows you to completely let yourself free in its universe; you won’t need a dance partner here, as this treat is just for you. If you’re digging on it, be sure to pre-order Love as Projection from Slumberland Records; it’s out on March 10th.
What great news to wake up to today! We’re going to get a new LP from Frankie Rose this year, courtesy of Slumberland Records. Today we’ve got the fresh new single from the record, and it’s a reminder of Frankie’s ability to blend melody into darker textures. This tune feels sparkly too, like the sun is shining on the keys creating this crystalline shimmer that drives the melody into the listeners ear. It’s nice to hear Rose completely indulge in a more electronic sound, yet seemingly still be linked to her accomplished past. Look for the new album, Love as Projection, to drop on March 10th.
Those of you that pay any heed to the indie media cred will surely be aware that Frankie Rose released the most excellent Cage Tropical earlier this year via Slumberland; heralded P4K gave it a 7.7! It’s probably her most complete release to date, and she’s bringing it to the live stage tonight at Barracuda. But, even better for you is that opening the night will be our own Tres Oui, who are currently wrapping up a new LP for Shrimper, so you’re bound to hear a whole slew of new gems on stage tonight…plus Steven has some new pedals to show you. In the middle of the set is Suburban Living, so you really can’t go wrong by being in attendance. Doors are at 8!
We’ve long been fans of the various phases of Frankie Rose‘s career, and though we’re late to the game on this one, we can still appreciate great music when its out there. Fans will notice the sci-fi leanings of the video, which is said to be a huge influence on Rose’s new release, Cage Tropical. This song is pushing forward at all times, rhythmically seducing you while Frankie does her best to draw you in with a dreamy vocal smoke. You’ll find this is the perfect blend of pop music and creativity, guaranteeing that her new LP is destined for year end lists; look for the release on August 11 via Slumberland/Grey Market.
Listening to this new tune from Beverly, it dawned on me that very few bands nowadays seem to just operate with one band…everyone has a new side project. Just like this band, which is the project of Frankie Rose and Drew Citron; no point really, just an observation. This track starts off with a rather garage rock approach, which works against the pristine quality of Rose’s voice. It’s possible that this tune won’t bowl you over with creativity, but you can’t turn down a good song. The group will have a full-length via Kanine this summer, but you can also pick it up on the label’s Record Store Day sampler.
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Frankie Rose is one of those artists who has somehow released two great albums already, but still seems to fly just a little bit under the radar. Who knows why I feel that way, but I’ve always been a big fan of the music she has created over the last few years. This year brings more new music our way in the form of new album Herein Wild due out September 24th on Fat Possum Records. Prior to that date, we’ve got a new song called “Street of Dreams” streaming below. Me likey.
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Here it is. I know you’ll hate it; I know you’ll disagree, but that’s not the point in making an arbitrary list. We here at ATH worked really hard to fit in the tastes of the four of us, and when we decided upon our Top 50, it really boied down to simple math. What albums did we love when they came out? Do we still enjoy spinning those records months later? If they’re in the Top 50, then the asnwer is probably yes. I mean, our Top 2 records came out in January, and still play a vital part in my weekly listening. There’s no disclaimer here. We are who we are, we like what we like, and we hope that’s okay with you. If not, drop us a line and let us know where we went wrong.
Well, everyone else is doing it, so why don’t we? We’re going to toss out our top five albums of the year, except we’ll be doing it with our four main contributors, so hopefully that’ll mix things up a bit. Obviously, we’re only half-way through the year, so things are subject to change, and by things I mean our minds.
As the end of one of my busiest weeks in months came to an end, I was really excited to see Frankie Rose over at Red 7. The show also featured several rising stars such as Dive and The Young, so we couldn’t complain, especially after all the work put in to make the venue more enjoyable.
Read on for our thoughts and check out Brian Gray’s photos.