In Virginia Woolf’s The Waves – bear with me here – there’s a character called Bernard who writes phrases in his notebook. The kind which are brought on by those little periodic episodes of clarity. The ones we now write drunkenly on our phones. Frankie Cosmos’ latest is the most glorious set of drunken iPhone notes, it’s a real Bernard. While Vessel lacks the musical momentum of previous bops like ‘Fool’, it’s all the more charming for it. The phrases come first and the music purposely struggles to fit itself around them and that’s no bad thing. Listening to Vessel is like being invited into your coolest friend’s bedroom to hear them riff. It’s Frankie Cosmos at their absolute best and most charming.
Live: Scala on May 31st