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Monday, March 21, 2016

Discoverer 139: new indie findings

Looking for a soundtrack for your Eastern holidays? Check the trio of our latest chapter of the discoverer series and get seriously amazed!

Frankie Cosmos. Born in New York City, Greta Kline, the daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, got into music (and cinema, she appeared in the films 'The Anniversary Party' and the great 'The Squid and the Whale'). by her family, getting involved in the Westchester music scene. By 2009, when she enrolled New York University. she began performing and recording independently under the alias Ingrid Superstar, releasing a bunch (a huge bunch) of lo-fi recordings via Bandcamp. while she was introduced to the Double Double Whammy record label. In late 2011, she started performing under the Frankie Cosmos moniker (name coined by boyfriend and, until 2016, drummer Aaron Maine of the band Porches). First proper release (with a proper band that also includes Gabrielle Smith of Eskimeaux) arrived in 2014 with debut studio album 'Zentropy', with the digital EP 'Fit Me In' following last year through Bayonet Records. Now everything is ready, and expectations couldn't be higher, for 'Next Thing', sophomore LP scheduled for April 1st. Confessional indiepop, brittle, honest and charming. Frankie is fated to be your "next best thing".  
Great Lakes. Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996 (and initially aligned to the Elephant 6 collective), but based in Brooklyn, NY, since 2002, this ensemble leaded by Ben Crum has released five albums and several 7" and EPs to date. Initially a trio, they debuted in the year 2000 with self-titled LP followed by 'The Distance Between' in 2002, two albums with a distinct, light-hearted psych-pop. But Crum, the only original and founding member along the years and Co. kept evolving towards a more introspective, enduring American folk-rock with their next releases, 'Diamond Times' in 2006 and 'Ways to Escape' in 2010. Now the quintet is back with 'Wild Vision', out since this January through their own label Loose Trucks. Moody, confident, warm, the tunes are the perfect proof of a musician and a band in total command of "their game", summoning the spirits of Gram Parsons and Alex Chilton, and making a work of art of every song. Serious stuff here.

Peaness. One of my biggest crushes recently is this female three piece band hailing from Chester, UK. Formed in late 2014, the trio began playing during the final years at University before heading to Orange Sound Record Studio to record debut EP 'No Fun', released during the summer of 2015. Radio airplay ,gigs and festival slots are spreading, with the promise of new material arriving very soon. We need it, as their whole EP are impossible to resist. Sweet yet punchy, melodic but crunchy, ridiculously catchy and immediately charming on the surface, nevertheless hiding a depth and smart lyrics to keep you buzzing while your smiling and dancing to the music. A most promising indiepop act.

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