Artist Spotlight: Lexie


Every month, I’ll be highlighting artists I feel are not getting the attention they deserve in the column Artist Spotlight. (You’re reading it right now!) I hope that by reading this, you can discover new artists and find something you like. Requests for future highlights are encouraged (more details at bottom)!

If there’s one artist I’m obsessed with, it’s Frankie Cosmos. From the jingle-like catchiness of their songs, to their Bandcamp collection of 50+ home-recorded demos, their charm had me captured immediately. I learned shortly, however, it wasn’t just this project that had me captivated. It was the face of Frankie Cosmos, Greta Kline, that had me invested. Often featured on Porches’ (her romantic partner at the time) records as a backup vocalist, Kline had found multiple avenues into my earbuds.


The two had become deeply involved in each other’s art projects throughout their relationship, as most of Kline’s studio work under the Frankie Cosmos moniker (prior to the upcoming album Vessel) featured reference to or guest vocals by “Ronnie,” also known as Aaron Maine (Porches). Seeing how much the two contributed to each other’s work, it was devastating when I learned the two split fairly recently. I knew I would still love the work put out by the twoit would just be a little different now. The real change that grabbed my interest wasn’t the new albums under their original names, but a side project that popped up at the beginning of June 2017: Lexie.

Kline often referenced the idea of starting a side band with other musical friends, but always blamed complications or time. Last June, however, we finally saw one of these bands come to life on tour with Girlpool. The lineup consisted of Kline on vocals and guitar, Alex Bailey of the band Warehouse on drums, and Doug Bleichner of Warehouse on bass guitar and vocals. The result? An 8-track album with which I became obsessed.

Lexie has a sound that is both mellow and exciting. The majority of songs off their album are bass-driven with essential rhythm guitar. Vocals drive the songs as Kline and Bleichner alternate and sometimes even harmonize in a duet. The essence of Frankie Cosmos is captured by Kline’s signature vocals, but the new, darker instrumental style paired with Bleichner’s blunt vocals give a new sound to veteran artists.

The lyrics also take a darker turn than the rest of Kline’s work, assuming she wrote most of them. Many of the lyrics on the album make me think it is the Frankie Cosmos breakup album. On the song “In Us,” for example, Kline sings about how she believes in love but not “us” after making references to an ex-lover who lives in Chinatown, the home of Aaron Maine. The rest of the album discusses themes of moving on and the fading of love. While Kline’s vocals stay deadpan and consistent, the lyrics paired with the beautifully toned instrumentals carry most of the weight of this dark topic.

Even if you aren’t a fan of Frankie Cosmos, I would check this project out. Right now the band only has one album out titled Record Time! (available on Spotify and Bandcamp). If you are a fan of Adult Mom, AJJ, early Weezer, or even Modern Baseball, I feel that you could find something from this album that you would like. Here’s to another great band!

Comment below for recommendations for future artists to be featured, or email me at james@lithiumagazine.com.



By James Straub

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