An interview by Zoe Zolbrod that appeared in the final issue of MAXINE (the Body Issue). I’m not sure of the exact date. I know the phone interview happened on February 28, 1999.
Edith Frost Talks Head, Hands, Hair
It’s a sort of real-life, indie rock Cinderella story. In the process of a divorce, singer-songer Edith Frost sends a home-made demo to Drag City, a hipper-than-thou record label whose artists she admires. Some months later, her tape is discovered at the bottom of a slush pile, and the label is so blown away that they immediately release an Edith Frost EP and arrange for the singer to record a full length album backed by a couple of indie Chicago’s most respected musicians. When Calling Over Time is released, a scattering of cool critics drool and Frost’s mournful, yearning voice is compared to those of the big guns: Patsy Cline’s and Billy Holiday’s. Just when it seems that Frost’s softly, slowly twangy album and Texas roots are going to get her pegged as part of the alterna-country movement, she releases Telescopic, which opens with fuzzed-out guitar chords and doesn’t get any less psychedelic from there. Although musically the albums differ, Frost’s soulful voice and vaguely, heart-rendingly true lyrics remain a constant, and the praise for these keeps on a-coming faster and louder. For the body issue of Maxine, we asked this ethereal chanteuse to talk about the physical.