Cage Tropical, the new album from Brooklyn-based artist, Frankie Rose, is due August 11. Today Frankie shares the second single / video from the record, for "Red Museum". The surreal video was directed by Geneva Jacuzzi, an icon of the current art scene in Los Angeles. The track was produced by Jorge Elbrecht (Violens / Ariel Pink / No Joy / Tamaryn / Lansing-Dreiden).
Frankie wrote about the song: "'Red Museum' is a love song. It's a portrait of the kind of fearful thoughts that can run through a person's head upon the possibility of caring for another person."
Frankie Rose will also tour to the UK and Europe in October, including a show at London's Moth Club on 18th. Dates and tickets below:
After spending years as a major presence in Brooklyn’s thriving music scene, playing in acts such as Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian
Girls and Beverly, Frankie Rose relocated to her familial home of Los Angeles for 18 months with the intention of establishing yet another moment in her storied indie rock métier.
Gradually, she found herself short on sleep, funds and optimism. "I moved to LA, drama ensued and I ended up on a catering truck. I was like, how can this be my life after being a touring musician
and living off of music. I had really lost my way and I thought I was totally done."
Through sleepless nights of listening to broadcaster Art Bell’s paranormal-themed archives, Frankie’s thoughts had turned to "who am I, I’m not cut out for this business, it’s not for me." She continues, "I was literally in my room in L.A., not knowing how I was going to get out. But out of it all, I just decided to keep making music, because it is what I love and what I do – regardless of the outcome."
Towards the end of her time spent in Los Angeles, Frankie reached out to Jorge Elbrecht (Tamaryn, Gang Gang Dance,Violens) and began sketching what became the basic outline of what felt like a new album. Then, rather fortuitously, Frankie ended up back in Brooklyn with the realization that "in the end, I’m on my own. I have to do these things on my own."
The months that ensued meant basically working with no budget and finding ways to record in-between days. This time enabled Frankie to experiment musically with a variety of people that ultimately changed the way she worked. "I got a lot of input from people like Dave Harrington (Darkside), who was helpful reconstructing the songs, adding dynamics and changing up the rhythms."
The result of this existential odyssey is Cage Tropical, Frankie’s fourth album. It is awash with vintage synths, painterly effects pedals, upside down atmosphere and reverberating vocals. It evokes a new wave paranormality of sorts that drifts beyond the songs themselves. "My references aren’t just music," says Frankie, "I love old sci-fi. They Live is one of myfavorite movies ever, same with Suspiria. 80’s sci-fi movies with a John Carpenter soundtrack, with silly synths – that makes it into my file, to the point that I’ll write lyrics incorporating that kind of stuff. It’s in there."