Frankie Rose recently announced that her new record is a cover album of The Cure’s 1980 release, Seventeen Seconds. The album comes out on October 27th via Turntable Kitchen’s project, Sounds Delicious. The project is a monthly vinyl subscription in which artists cover their favorite albums in entirety. Cover albums can be interesting because of the different ways artists choose to approach them. Mostly Other People Do The Killing, an NYC-based jazz quartet, recorded a cover album of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, in which they replicate every single note as accurately as possible. Ryan Adams, a mainstream indie artist, covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 in what many described as a total surprise given his genre. Notables who’ve been involved In Sounds Delicious are Jonathan Rado, covering Springsteen’s Born To Run, and Yumi Zouma, covering Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?. Rose, in her reimagining, chose to remodel The Cure’s album as closely as possible.
“Since I already think it’s a perfect record, I tried not to reinterpret too much and stick to similar sounds as the original, but with a twist.”
Rose’s ‘twist’ will be the factor that most attracts her fans to her new album. She began recording under Slumberland Records as Frankie Rose and the Outs, when she released her first single, “Thee Only One” in 2009. Rose’s accompanying full-length album came out in 2010 under the name Frankie Rose. Her second album, Interstellar, achieved the recognition of “Best New Music” from Pitchfork in 2012. Her third album, Fat Possum, came out in 2013. Rose now lives in both New York City and Los Angeles, and her fourth EP, Cage Tropical, came out in August of 2017.
The song she released, “The Forest,” takes a 2017 approach to a song from 1980. The differences in sound quality seem the most stark. Rose’s instruments have a slightly cleaner edge to them, the software she uses seems to be just that—software—whereas The Cure must have relied on much more analog recording materials. That shows immediately. The Cure’s version has a slightly more muted low-note quality, while Rose’s sounds more trebly while it focuses on the higher sounds. The album comes out on October 27th, track list below.
1. “A Reflection”
2. “Play for Today”
4. “In Your House”
6. “The Final Sound”
7. “A Forest”
9. “At Night”
10. “Seventeen Seconds”