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Meet our BOTW: Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose‘s sophomore solo album, Herein Wild, was only released on Monday but it has somehow reached the dizzy highs of my iTunes play count. It’s one of those albums that seamlessly soundtracks those pivotal moments throughout the day, idyllically reflecting Rose’s cinematic approach to the record. Where Interstellar set the blissful pop trajectory, Herein Wild is an introverted reflection of its predecessor, attenuated with the addition of a string quartet and a stripped-back, honest lyrical approach.

Below, we have a premiere of Small Black’s remix of ‘Sorrow’, which flipturns the original into jaunty slab of synth-pop, sampling Rose’s melancholic vocals and looping them with head-shaking effects.

We gave Frankie a call to talk about her approach to the new record, getting angry at commuters and surfing the web…

Planet Notion: Hey Frankie, how’s it going?
Frankie Rose: Good, I haven’t got out of bed yet and it’s like noon. I’m not really in bed but I’m definitely still in my pyjamas.

PN: What’s it like over in Brooklyn?
FR: All my best friends live here so honestly it’s like if my best friends lived on the moon or Alaska that would be my favourite place to live. I’ve been going to Manhattan a lot more lately, reveling in the city and thinking about how it would be living anywhere else.

PN: The album is out now, so we should probably have come chats about that. How have you mixed stuff up with the new record?
FR: I’m still really in it and I don’t know what to make of it yet. But what I do know is I’m playing these songs live and they are much more fun to play. Which is a lot of the reason why it is a more up-tempo record. I didn’t want to play these heavy, dense, sorrowful songs live because they are almost unplayable.

PN: You said that you wanted to make it more cinematic, what elements have you incorporated to get the feel?
FR: Well, I used live strings; I hired a string quartet and a string arranger and was able to put real strings in place of synthesizers. So that was probably the biggest thing.

PN: And there are definitely moments that would fit perfectly into a film soundtrack, was that intentional?
FR: I always think of things like that, it is how I experience music. When I enjoy music the most, it feels as though it is a soundtrack to my day, it makes me feel an emotion. So when I am writing music, if it affects me in that way then I can only hope that it will translate when it is a real song.

PN: So what is your favourite film soundtrack?
FR: Bladerunner maybe. I don’t usually pop it on the record player but there a few that are just incredible.

PN: The genre ‘dream pop’ gets used a lot with your more music and I actually thought there were moments were it literally reflected that expression. Not as a genre but more thematically…
FR: The album is sort of this weird reflection of my last record, when I went in that is what I wanted to do – to make a mirror image of what interstellar was. Interstellar was spacious, it was about escape, it was about being in other places, other worlds. This album is about being here, on the planet and being trapped in the human body. Dreaming and seeing the world through dreams and experiencing loss. I think that is what lyrically happened too. I don’t write lyrics beforehand, I write them the day that I am going in to record the song or the night before so it is very off the cuff. But thematically that is what is happening.

PN: The new record is definitely a lot more personal, is it scary to put that out into the open?
FR: I guess… I haven’t really felt that. People don’t pay attention, it is funny, I have always kept my lyrics really masked but I think these are the most straightforward lyrics I have ever had. I know that was sort of rolling the dye and I thought people could hate these. I’m not claiming that I am the most amazing poetic lyricist that ever lived or anything but they are honest and that is what I went with for better or worse. It’s honest and I have to stand by it.

PN: I had a little stalk through your twitter feed earlier and we have a mutual hatred for people on public transport!
FR: You went way back!

PN: Let’s call it ‘research’… So what is the worse thing for someone to do on the subway?
FR: There are a few really horrible offenders. The worst one is you have to let the people out before you come into the train. You know what I mean, like let the people out. That’s what keeps the system moving people! It doesn’t work otherwise. Also, taking up two seats is insane and particularly men that spread their legs really wide is totally unnecessarily. I could go off…

PN: Your Skype says that you were ‘surfing the web’, where do you spend most of your time online?
I love the Dangerous Minds blog, I think it is great. I love io9, that is my favourite website which I was on once and it made my year. I mean, it is super nerdy, like sci-fi but I got in the top 10 sci fi videos of the year and that was amazing, a real highlight for me. Network Awesome is actually awesome – it is curated YouTube videos.

PN: I get stuck in cycles of suggested videos and end up watching the most WTF videos.
Don’t go on Network Awesome then because your whole day will disappear…

Haha, I’m definitely checking that out. Thanks for talking to me and good luck with the tour!

- James Embiricos

 Frankie Rose is touring the UK on the following dates:

2 December – Sheffield, The Harley
3 December – Newcastle, Academy *
4 December – Glasgow, ABC *
5 December – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
6 December – Manchester, Academy *
7 December – Nottingham, Rock City *
8 December – Bristol, Academy *
9 December – Brighton, Prince Albert
10 December – London, Roundhouse *
11 December – London, Roundhouse *
12 December – Bristol, Start the Bus
13 December – London, The Lexington
14 December – Norwich, UEA *
15 December – Brimingham, Institute *

* = supporting White Lies



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