Frankie Cosmos are prepping the release of their new record, Close it Quietly. While you’ll still have to wait until September to get your hands on the full album, the Brooklyn indie rockers shared another taste on Tuesday.
“Rings (On A Tree)” is short but sweet. The guitar line that centers the track is reminiscent of The Strokes, while arpeggiating synths jitter in the back of the mix. Greta Kline reflects on a crumbled relationship with sugary vocals, reckoning with how exes leave indelible marks on one’s life: “Now I see that I was always me / Underneath everything I am and tried to be,” she sings as the guitar slows down, ending the track with the melancholic admission, “Now I see that there is always you / Turning up in everything I do.”
Here’s Kline on the track:
“Rings (On A Tree)” is a fictional tale of a breakup from the point of view of a mistress. After I wrote it I realized what it meant to me—even though I’ve never been a mistress, I related to the character from being in a relationship where my feelings weren’t prioritized. I originally wrote it just on piano and released the solo version that way. The band version really takes it somewhere else and felt very collaborative. I love everyone’s parts. Alex wrote the funky guitar part I play in the middle section, based on an idea Luke and Lauren verbalized.
Close it Quietly is due out Sept. 6 via Sub Pop. You can revisit the album’s lead single “Windows” and check out all the album’s details and the band’s tour dates here.