I don’t know if I’d call it a conscious move or that the internet is finally reaching a 21st century ideal of post-genre bliss, but the blogosphere has seemed a lot less focused on new sounds and new-buzz-core-genres as of late. It really doesn’t seem like people are looking for the next new chillwave anymore and it’s honestly pretty nice. Instead, my favorite releases and discoveries recently have been bands and artists who care more about writing good songs that challenging genre conventions. Frankie Cosmos is one of those songwriters. There aren’t any sounds on Pure Suburb that will challenge your current notions of what folk or singer-songwriter music should be. Frankie is comfortable with her voice and her guitar and it’s hard to imagine that she needs much more. Her melodies and lyrics don’t separate her from the pack due to uniqueness but they demonstrate that she is steps above the pack. “I was told when I was younger that I looked stupid in a dress/and I felt like I could never try without failing,” she confesses on “am i trying im not trying” in one of her most emotionally straightforward and memorable moments. She may not be trying but she isn’t failing either.