Next Thing

Dense, extemporaneous pseudo-conversations wound tightly into two-minute tracks, which demand full attention for full reward. At the least, the author deserves props for baring such intimate passages without sounding egomaniacal. Her penchant for non-sequiturs is endearing and emphasizes the emotion behind the more direct stanzas. “If I had a dog / I’d draw a picture every day” into “Everybody says / Your decisions are okay / but here’s a better idea / and a comment about my brain.” The sparse arrangements follow suit, covering a palette of bright synth voices that may surface once, never to return; they serve first and foremost as a pulse for the author, evoking the image of an indie-pop poetry circle where Frankie feels right at home.

[“If I Had a Dog”, “I’m 20”, “Sinister”, “What If”]