Cage Tropical' a beautiful bummer of an album
“Everything you know is a lie,” Frankie Rose sings on “Red Museum,” off the singer's 2017 full-length, Cage Tropical, “and the life you have will die.”
Not exactly the stuff of inspirational posters, for sure. But while Rose's words tread dire ground, the music itself often feels lush and inviting, giving the dream-pop songs a deeply unsettling quality akin to the opening scene in David Lynch's “Blue Velvet,” where the director zooms beneath the quaint, inviting suburban landscape to reveal the beetles eating away at the roots.
But it's yet another filmmaker, John Carpenter, whom Rose, formerly of Dum Dum Girls, recalls in her embrace of misty synthesizers, which haunt hazy, neon tracks such as “Art Bell” and the pulsating, ethereal “Game to Play,” a beautiful bummer that stands out even on an album loaded with them.