Cones Channels Collective Solitude For “Big Bad”

[Cones at Honeymoon Suite in Los Angeles, CA, photo credit to Tyler Parker]

Los Angeles-based sibling duo Cones, made up of brothers Jonathan and Michael Rosen, have shared the second single from their upcoming album Almanac, called “Big Bad.” Almanac will be released on August 5th, 2022 and previous released singles include “Malice Palace.”

Jonathan Rosen comments on “Big Bad”:

I wrote ‘Big Bad’ at the start of the pandemic. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Cleaners From Venus and watching a lot of Buffy. Just like most people, I was stuck in my home, where each day stretched into its own small eternity. A vampire is an infected creature, forced into an eternity of solitude – seemed like a perfect analog to our collective fears of contagion and isolation. We recorded the basic tracks live at Michael’s LA studio Honeymoon Suite, which was the first time I got to see people other than my brother in months. The saxophone (recorded in Australia by Zach Stolz) screeches like the brakes of a Cadillac, its melodic contortions perfectly capturing everything we hoped to convey in the song.

Cover art for Almanac

Jonathan and Michael Rosen intentionally make “far-out, addictive pop music”. Jonathan, the band’s singer and principal songwriter, is also a middle school art teacher and a visual artist whose trippy hand-drawn animations and drawings have been styled for artists such as Erykah Badu, Toro y Moi, Pond and Eleanor Friedberger, and is a contributing cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. Michael is a classically trained pianist, composer, and Producer who carefully crafts their recordings at his Los Angeles studio Honeymoon Suite, and additionally works as a software engineer at THX in the world of spatial audio.

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