Frankie Cosmos

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Frankie Cosmos
Frankie Cosmos at Cambridge, MA.jpg
Frankie Cosmos performing with Porches at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2014
Background information
Birth nameGreta Simone Kline
Also known asIngrid Superstar, frankie cosmos & the emptiness, franklin cosmos, GRETA, ingrid, zebu fur, the ingrates, Little Bear, greta
Born (1994-03-21) March 21, 1994 (age 25)
New York City, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
Years active2001–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteingridsuperstar.bandcamp.com

Greta Kline (born March 21, 1994), better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She is known for her independent releases, inspired by Frank O'Hara's poetry, DIY ethics of K Records and the early 2000s New York City's anti-folk scene.[1][2] She is the daughter of actor Kevin Kline and former actress Phoebe Cates.

Early life[edit]

Greta Kline was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline and actress Phoebe Cates.[1] Her father is of German-Jewish and Irish descent[3] and her mother has Russian-Jewish and Chinese-Filipino ancestry.[4][5][6]

Kline was introduced to music by her family. She settled on guitar as her primary instrument of choice at seventh grade, after playing the piano and briefly the drums.[1] Home-schooled for most of high school, she spent time by attending underground rock shows in New York and getting involved in the Westchester music scene.[1][7] Kline attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study for two years, and studied English and/or poetry.[8] Kline found the school to be unaccommodating of her touring schedule, and dropped out.[9]

Kline appeared in the films The Anniversary Party (2001) and The Squid and the Whale (2005), alongside her brother, Owen Kline.

Career[edit]

Kline started performing and recording independently under the alias Ingrid Superstar. She released a number of lo-fi recordings mainly under her Bandcamp account. In early 2010s, she was also introduced to the music community of Purchase College, which introduced her to independent Double Double Whammy record label.[1][2] In late 2011, she started to perform under the alias Frankie Cosmos, a name coined by her now ex-boyfriend Aaron Maine of the band Porches.[1][7] Maine played drums for Frankie Cosmos and Kline played bass for Porches at one point in time.[10]

In 2014, Kline released her debut studio album as Frankie Cosmos, Zentropy, with her backing band.[11]

Kline released the EP Fit Me In on November 13, 2015 on Bayonet Records. Kline released her second studio album, Next Thing, on April 1, 2016 on Bayonet Records.[12]

On April 12, 2017, Frankie Cosmos announced a slew of tour dates and that they recently had signed to Sub Pop records.[13] They stated around this time that they are working on a new album.

On June 9, 2017, Kline opened for IAN SWEET and Girlpool at Warsaw in Brooklyn as part of her new project Lexie. Joined by Warehouse members Alex Bailey and Doug Bleichner, their first release is on Bandcamp and it is called "Record Time!".

In January 2018, Kline released the lead single "Jesse" from her upcoming album Vessel. The album was released on March 30, 2018 through Sub Pop records.

On the 13th of March 2019, Kline released "Haunted Items", featuring just herself on vocals and piano.

Frankie Cosmos released their fourth studio album, Close It Quietly on September 6, 2019.[14]

Backing band[edit]

  • Luke Pyenson – drums, vocals
  • Alex Bailey – bass guitar, keyboards
  • Lauren Martin – keyboards, synthesizers, harmonies

Former members[edit]

  • Ronnie Mystery (Aaron Maine) – drums, vocals
  • Gabby Teardrop (Gabrielle Smith) - keyboards, synthesizers, harmonies
  • David Mystery (David Maine) – bass guitar, keyboards

Discography[edit]

Greta Kline performing with Porches in 2014
Frankie Cosmos performing in 2014

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Fit Me In (2015)
  • Haunted Items (2019)

Bandcamp exclusives[edit]

  • sickerwinter (2012)
  • birth of penis (2012)
  • separation anxiety (2012)
  • thanks for everything (2012)
  • woodchip arthur and his sweaty palms (2012)
  • LOSING (2012)
  • Wobbling (2013)
  • moss (2013)
  • why am i underwater? (2013)
  • DADDY COOL (2013)
  • im sorry im hi lets go (2013)
  • pure suburb (2013)
  • donutes (2014)
  • affirms glinting (2014)
  • quick songs (2014)
As Ingrid Superstar
  • adventures (2009)
  • amnesia the fifth (2011)
  • songs about HIM (2011)
  • i'mall fuced up (2011)
  • Collaborative Farting (2011)
  • brown cow chockmilk (patterns) (2011)
  • Sunrise Over Interpositioned Buildings (2011)
  • suckups vs. lovers (2011)
  • shit about fuck (2011)
  • the landlord LOVES restaurants! (2011)
  • Couch Potato (2011)
  • Jared Leto Can't Read (2011)
  • Do you KNow my Friend JOM (2011)
  • No Can Do (2011)
  • sunshine over intertwined feelings (2011)
As Greta
  • Songs I Made. Hi (2011)
  • Kaleidescoping (2012)
As Ingrid
  • ingrid you've done it again (2011)
  • in yr dreams (2011)
  • sMartyr (2011)
  • yellow single (2011)
  • long thin monster single (2011)
As Little Bear
  • He Is Risen: DANK (2011)
As The Ingrates
  • and it made me cry for a long time and i dont like crying (2011)
  • The Artist Formerly Known As Ingrid (2011)
  • rings left by cups on black tables (2011)
As Zebu Fur
  • telescoping (2011)
  • i'm bad news (2011)
  • skinned elbow = now you're cool (2011)
  • i've never been in love before baby, pretend i'm slick (2011)
As Franklin Cosmos
  • much ado about fucking (2012)
As Frankie Cosmos and the Emptiness
  • love rind (2013)
  • told you so (2013)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Art School" (2014; dir. Sophia Bennett Holmes)[15]
  • "embody" (2014)
  • "Korean Food" (2016; dir. Greta Kline)[16]
  • "Is It Possible / Sleep Song" (2016)
  • "Young" (2016; dir. Eliza Doyle)[17]
  • "Being Alive" (2018; dir. Daniel Martin)[18]
  • "Jesse" (2018; dir. Loroto and Frankie Cosmos)[19]
  • "Apathy" (2018; dir. Tom Scharpling)[20]
  • "Duet" (2018; dir. Eliza Doyle)[21]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Pelly, Jean (March 5, 2014). "Rising: Frankie Cosmos". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "Frankie Cosmos". Allmusic. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  3. ^ Dotson Rader (October 16, 1994). "Kevin Kline Interview from Parade". Parade. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Villasanta, Boy (June 23, 2010). "Pinoys who made it in Hollywood". ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on June 26, 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Slater, Judith J. (2004). Teen life in Asia. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 183. ISBN 978-0-313-31532-9. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Cohen, Matthew Isaac (2009). "British performances of Java, 1811–1822". South East Asia Research. IP Publishing Ltd. 17 (1): 87–109. doi:10.5367/000000009787586389.
  7. ^ a b White, Caitlin. "Frankie Cosmos Is Here To Show You Her Own Universe". Noisey Vice. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Porches and Frankie Cosmos". Newyorker.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Frankie Cosmos Is Ready to Be Herself". Spin.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "Porches & Frankie Cosmos playing 2 nights at Baby's All Right for the venue's 1 year anniversary (and other dates)". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Powell, Mike (March 11, 2014). "Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  12. ^ Monroe, Jazz (2016-01-27). "Frankie Cosmos Announces New Album Next Thing, Shares "Sinister"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  13. ^ "MusicMakers009: Frankie Cosmos". Blog.adafruit.com. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  14. ^ Strauss, Matthew (June 18, 2019). "Frankie Cosmos Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song "Windows": Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Frankie Cosmos - Art School". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  16. ^ "Frankie Cosmos "Korean Food" Official Video". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "Frankie Cosmos "Young" Official Video". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "Frankie Cosmos - Being Alive [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Frankie Cosmos - Jesse [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Frankie Cosmos - Apathy [OFFICIAL VIDEO]". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  21. ^ Sub Pop (2018-07-18), Frankie Cosmos - Duet [OFFICIAL VIDEO], retrieved 2019-02-26

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