Frances Cone - Live @ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Frances Cone: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Sept. 8, 2017 | Bob Boilen -- When I listened blindly to nearly a thousand songs while attempting to make my schedule of bands to see at this year's SXSW music festival, one of the few tracks that leapt to the top was "Arizona" by Frances Cone. I wasn't alone. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson also singled out this now Brooklyn-based band for the way it wraps its storytelling in a catchy, pop parcel.

Led by singer and songwriter Christina Cone, the band is set to release Late Riser, its second full-length album, later this year. The first track the group performed for this Tiny Desk concert is its just-released single, "Unraveling," a tale of falling apart, of life becoming so overwhelming that the song's character simply stops and lets go.

With each verse of "Unraveling" the saga builds to a climax and then a calm. It's this sort of craft that makes Frances Cone stand out. Think Lucius, another band that captured my attention years ago for similar reasons. In fact, Dan Molad, the drummer and producer for Lucius, mixed that first Frances Cone song that grabbed my attention, "Arizona." This is wonderfully literate pop that won't hit you over the head, but might gently find a home in your heart.

Set List
"Leave Without You"

Christina Cone (keys, vocals); Andrew Doherty (electric bass, electric guitar, vocals); Adam Melchor (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals); Alex Baron (drums)

Producers: Bob Boilen, Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Tsering Bista; PA: Jenna Li; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.


Frances Cone is an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York.

The band consists of Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor[1], and Aaron Hamel.

Frances Cone began in 2013 with the release of their first full-length album titled Come Back. In 2014, Frances Cone released a self-titled EP that streamed on Paste Magazine, which subsequently featured them in their "Best of What’s Next" series stating,"You’ll hear everything from folk inspired harmonies, to driving bass drums, to grungy synths, all culminating in an arena anthem, where Cone’s roof-lifting vocals shine."

In January 2016, Frances Cone released their first single titled "Arizona" from their forthcoming second full-length album, Late Riser, which is set to release in 2017. By March 2017, "Arizona" had accumulated over 6 million streams on Spotify. NPR Music's All Songs Considered called "Arizona" a "5 out of 5" song and featured the band as one of their overall highlights at SXSW 2017.

"Leave Without You," the second single from Late Riser, premiered on Billboard in March 2017.
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