Frances Cone Breaks Up With New York in New Single 'Leave Without You': Exclusive Premiere

Frances Cone
Geoff Leung

Frances Cone

"Some may say that you were mine, for a while, for a while, for a while..."

So begins the powerful new track "Leave Without You" by Brooklyn indie pop band Frances Cone, which frontwoman Christina Cone describes to Billboard as a personal ode to New York itself. 

"We were pretty stunned by the success of 'Arizona,'" she said of Frances Cone's last release, "so we took our sweet time in releasing the next single and are super proud of this and the album to follow." She described "Leave Without You" as a song about "'leaving New York," which she says is "the only place I've known as an adult person, and what and who I'll carry with me."

The desert rock-twinged track employs the band's signature slow build, with Cone's raspy admonition that "some may say that you were blind, after all this time, after all this time, after all this time," before exploding with synth and drums into the song's chorus, in which Cone promises she'll "never ever leave without you."

The track was produced by Josh Kaler (William Fitzsimmons, Dar Williams) in Nashville and mixed by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Charlie XCX) in Brooklyn; it will be featured on Frances Cone's next album Late Riser which looks to drop this summer.

"'Leave Without You' is a song I wrote so quickly," Cone explains. "It came out of the sky." The track also features band members Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor and Alex Baron, together with whom Cone says she "operates like a family - we're each other's partners in so many ways, and the complexity within that structure can be intense when making decisions. I do know that we'll carry the weight of each other and that we, like New York, are permanent imprints."

Listen to the full family affair below: