Two years removed from releasing her Stray Birds EP and consciously taking time away from a busy touring schedule, Rose Cousins is ready to release what she calls "the most honest and vulnerable" album she's released to date. Titled Natural Conclusion, the new effort will arrive next year.
Produced by Joe Henry, Natural Conclusion was conceived out of Cousins travelling to create during her downtime, connecting with other writers, artists and producers to effectively expand her perspective.
"It is liberating to spend a year making music that isn't billed for me as an artist," Cousins said in a statement. "Some for film, TV, or even for someone else to sing. Freeing to walk into a room as a writer. To wake up, have a morning, meet people, make something that didn't exist and get to bed at a decent time. Read more books. Creating feels like a good use of my time and this is the first time I've ever allowed it to be my focus, counterintuitive considering songs are what my career is built on. Songs and photographs have always explained better, what I mean and how I feel."
She continued: "My goal was to be wide open emotionally. This band created a space for me to rise as a musician yet let me lead. Ultimately this is a record of performances, the moment, raw, vulnerable and real. I suppose not unlike the subject matter within."
Along with the album announcement, Cousins has revealed the first wave of tour dates in support of the album. Kicking off in February of next year, the tour will see her trek across the country between both coasts, with a few United States performances mixed in.
Natural Conclusion arrives February 3 through Outside Music. Read through the record's tracklisting and find the tour dates below, where you'll also find the album's lead-off track "Chosen" and an EPK for the record.
2. Like Trees
4. White Flag
6. The Grate
7. My Friend
8. Tender Is The Man
9. Lock And Key
02/14 Paris, ON - Dominion Telegraph
02/15 Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
02/16 Toronto, ON - The Great Hall / Massey Presents
02/17 Ottawa, ON - Studio Theatre / National Arts Centre
02/18 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
02/22 New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
02/24 Boston, MA - Club Passim
02/25 Boston, MA - Club Passim
03/03 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
03/10 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
03/11 Regina, SK - Artesian
03/12 Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
03/16 Calgary, AB - Ironwood
03/17 St. Albert, AB - Arden Theatre
03/19 Vancouver, BC - Wise Hall
04/03 St John's, NL - LSPU Hall
04/05 Halifax, NS - St Matthew's Church
04/07 Moncton, NB - Tide & Boar Ballroom
04/08 Charlottetown, PEI - Confederation Centre