Today Charleston native Christina Cone and her band Frances Cone made their NPR Tiny Desk Concert debut. Describing them as “literate pop,” Bob Boilen praised the act, saying that he discovered them when making his SXSW schedule of bands to see.
The concert leads with “Unraveling,” a song NPR featured on All Songs Considered last month by Stephen Thompson, who also discovered the band live earlier this year. Though Boilen found the band on his own, independently, Cone credits Thompson with the band’s Tiny Desk appearance. “That all happened because Stephen Thompson came to our Twitter show at SXSW and really liked us,” Cone says, “and a few days later, I got an email from Boilen inviting us to the desk. The tiny one.”
As for Boilen’s feelings on “Unraveling,” he had this to say about it: “With each verse of ‘Unraveling’ the saga builds to a climax and then a calm. It’s the sort of craft that makes Frances Cone stand out. Think Lucius, another band that captured my attention years ago for similar reasons.”
Frances Cone wraps up the performance first with “Arizona,” which Stereogum premiered last year. It’s also the track that initially got Boilen’s attention. The final track is “Leave Without You,” which Billboard Magazine premiered back in March.
Cone tells the City Paper the experience overall “felt like diving off a diving board.”
You can watch the chillingly beautiful Tiny Desk Concert above or here.