Image
Video Premiere

Frankie Rose Debuts Dance Video for Sparkling Synth-Pop Gem “Sixteen Ways”

After spending nearly twenty years playing with the Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and The Vivian Girls, Frankie Rose is making a flashy solo splash with a fresh form, aesthetic, and purpose.

Today she shares a new single and video, “Sixteen Ways,” the second from her forthcoming new album, Love As Projection.  This sparkling synth-pop gem brims with a glistening chorus and hypnotic vocals. Frankie Rose wanted a very specific 80s aesthetic for the video, which was directed by choreographer 80sBaby (Neil Schwartz) and ESPTV (Scott Kiernan). The result is something akin to a fuzzy memory from a long-ago day off school on PBS. Its solid Children’s Television Workshop vibe, mixed with early MTV and the surreal psychedelia of 1970s variety shows, makes it difficult to pinpoint the decade of the song and the video alike. Rose’s love of new wave hooks and post-punk drive remain omnipresent, elevated by her utilization of modern production and an improved, polished palate of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Rose’s transcendent melody and conversational vocals makes easy comparisons to Strawberry Switchblade, Xmal Deutschland, and Altered Images. It is retro-futurism with a delightful twinge of nostalgic warmth that squarely hits core memories of the Xennial set. The timeless costuming and modern dance also bolster the ethereal track.

“I trusted them completely and just let them create a world for me,” says Rose. “The result is a video that feels like a fever dream in the black lodge complete with my very own machine elves.”

Dancers Dainique Jones, Misato Obana, Youlmae Kim, and Shion Uesaka move their way through a kaleidoscopic hyperspace in colourful facepaint and turtlenecks.  “I wanted to make sure that the movement matched the aesthetic and wanted to create clean lines focusing more toward the upper body,” says Schwartz. “We focused on the arms to create flowing pictures that would match and compliment the synths, beats, and vocals…I wanted to give individuality movement to each dancer, while still including a cohesive sea of flowing colors that complemented each dancer, to bring about a visual harmony of pictures and shapes.”

Watch the video for “Sixteen Ways” below:

Overall, Frankie Rose’s new album Love As Projection boasts a widescreen scope: after gestating for half a decade, it has culminated in a collection of the most personal and accessible art-pop that Frankie Rose has ever written. It was recorded with producer Brandt Gassman and mixed with long-term collaborator Jorge Elbrecht. It’s more than a rebirth, a refinement, a resurgence – it’s a culmination of influence, a newly-defined scope using the tools at her disposal, a long-form project that was heavily considered for half of a decade – resulting in the most personal and accessible collection of art-pop that Frankie has delivered yet.

“This album is about having to focus our collective energies on the small things that we can control, in order to find joy,” says Rose. “A distraction from the larger systemic problems that feel so overwhelming and are so very out of our collective hands…for now.”

Love as Projection is out on March 10, 2023.

Pre-Order Here

Follow Frankie Rose:

Photo by Esme Rogers Smith

Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

Recent Posts

  • Bands

Italian Darkwave Artist Numa Echos Debuts Video for Desolate Single “Infected Circles”

The concept of "infected circles," similar to crop circles, symbolizes a poisoned and flattened existence from which one must escape…

12 hours ago
  • Bands

Divine Your Deception — Texas Dreampop Duo Raudiver Debut Chilling Synth Single “True Faith”

sparrows feed on your hardware seed the scarcity of a mindlike cage Living in Texas, Lauren and Charlie Eddy of…

1 day ago
  • Bands

Toronto Post-Punk Outfit Shallow Waves Share the Video for Their Biting New Single “No Devotion”

Today, there's a relentless pressure to conform politically, religiously, and culturally, stifling individuality, creativity, and critical thought. Politically, we are…

1 day ago
  • Bands

French Project The Memory Of Snow Debuts Moody Monochromic Video for “Bodies”

Suffering and coming Consuming and sleeping Embodiment Representation This is who we are But not quite Human beings are a…

2 days ago
  • Bands

R.E.M. Reunite For the First Time in 15 Years — Watch Surprise Performance of “Losing My Religion”

Like a comet, often observed as a once-in-a-lifetime event, R.E.M. returned to the stage last night (June 13) at the…

2 days ago
  • Bands

Italian Shoegazers Monoscopes Debut Psychedelic Video for “You’re Gonna Be Mine”

Think about the frustrations Of resisting temptation Full of anticipation But I know you’re gonna be mine Ah, the certainty…

3 days ago
Sticky Footer Banner with Close Button