Cage Tropical, her latest album, merges references to ’60s and ’80s gleaming pop through the lens of Rose’s controlled, sultry style. Much of Cage was born of an ill-fated stint in Los Angeles, and songs like “Trouble” transmit the frantic rhythms of a never-ending transcontinental flight, with Rose’s layered vocals beamed in from the ether. Rose may not have landed yet, but she’s making the most of her time in the air.
Frankie Rose was a charismatic original member of Brooklyn garage-pop bands Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Beverly. After leaving each of these hot fuzz acts on their ascent, the singer/drummer/multi-instrumentalist struck out in 2010 with her own act and a new sound. Since 2012’s critically acclaimed Interstellar, Rose has continued to expand her panoramic, synth-based new wave.