Frankie Cosmos: 5 Things That Inspired ‘Sinister’

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New Album Next Thing  Out Now Via Bayonet Records.

We love Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline) here at Overblown. That is why we were delighted to hear what inspired ‘Sinister’, the lead single from her newest album Next Thing. Read her thoughts below, under her upcoming UK/Euro tour dates and the stream of her entire new album.

Euro/UK Tour:

Tuesday 17th May – Paris – Espace B
Wednesday 18th May – Brussels – Nuits Botanique (w Porches)
19th – 21st May – Brighton – The Great Escape
Saturday 21st May – Manchester – Deaf Institute (w Porches)
Sunday 22nd May – Bristol – Exchange (w Porches)
Monday 23rd May – London – Oslo (w Porches)

Next Thing Stream:

1. Bad Memories/Bad Memory

I draw on some old times in this song, especially unrequited loves/crushes…but I also rely on my own bad memory to propel me forward: “It’s good I can’t remember it”/”I’m glad I don’t remember it”

2. Finding Balance

Even though the song is about a lot of events from my past, the subject is really current for me too– finding balance between being positive and sinister. It’s about letting the parts of you that want to feel crappy about something come out…and once you write them into the song, you might feel a bit better.

3. Exploring

For me, the locations in the memories I am writing about are the strongest part– a pile of rocks I climbed around on, a trip to New Mexico with my brother to visit our uncle, a parked car in Brooklyn that I made out with someone against, a car ride home from a short trip. Exploring new places led to all the stories & emotions that I drew upon when I was writing Sinister.

4. Arthur Russell

Not only is his name in the song (as a hero that I want to be like or turn to in a sinister time) but I was super inspired to get weird in this song because of his music.

5. Tension

The most exciting part for me about writing and arranging this song was making it sound fun while having a dark tone too. I think the tension between those two feelings really helped me convey what I wanted!

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