Things get a bit weird in Frankie Cosmos' new video for her song Art School, which portrays a young girl's obsession with pop idol and international buffoon Justin Bieber. Singer/songwriter Greta Kline aka Frankie Cosmos dons plaits and an aura of lust for the video, in which she ethereally jumps on a bed full of pillows embossed with Bieber's face, stares lovingly at walls plastered with pictures of him, makes clay models of the star and then forces the homemade dolls to kiss each other.
While watching videos of Baby on repeat, she even turns photos of her IRL boyfriend, Porches frontman Aaron Maine, down in favour of the Canadian baby-face. The video, directed by Sophie Bennett Holmes, is certainly celebrating the era before Bieber started smoking hella weed and getting arrested for drag racing, back when the pint-size YouTube star praised Jesus and didn't know what 'German' meant.
Perhaps this is a reflection on Kline's simpler life pre-art school, an institution which she slightly laments in this track. Or perhaps she simply can't argue with the golden age of beliebing and doesn't want to trade in her puppy-eyed heart throb for the tatted up trainwreck he has become today.
Art School is off Cosmos' new album Zentropy, her most cohesive release to come in the wake of the 40-plus Bandcamp albums she's churned out. She's finally on an upward trajectory, which is exciting, as her confident and simplistic style weaves well into dreamy pop ballads. Kline's ability to balance the intricacies of intimacy against larger, more dramatic themes, makes her music thoughtful, and seared with a wisdom that betrays her age.