Seven years ago, Greta Kline posted her first song to the free music sharing service, Bandcamp. Kline’s work has changed since then, most notably switching from the stage name Ingrid Superstar to the name she’s now known for, Frankie Cosmos. While she began making the music alone in her bedroom, Kline’s process has greatly transformed, while still maintaining the sweet sound that has always been at the heart of her music.
On April 1, Frankie Cosmos released her first studio album, Next Thing. For the first time in her career, Kline played alongside other musicians—Aaron Maine, David Maine, Gabrielle Smith, and Hunter Davidsohn. Next Thing revisits old solo releases from Bandcamp, but with the collaborative power that Frankie Cosmos now holds, giving the songs more force. We spoke with Kline about her creative growth and the challenges of switching from a DIY ethos to working in the music industry.