JUNO Award winning songwriter Rose Cousins’ newest offering, Bravado, explores the complication of emotion, its irrational tendencies and its wisdom. Recently, Cousins shared the video for the first single from the album, “The Benefits Of Being Alone,” co-directed by Shehab Illyas and Cousins with illustrator Hannah Emmett.
“I saw the whole video play in my head shortly after we finished recording the song,” says Cousins. “I imagined a Wes Anderson type scene, contrived and idyllic, with many hands helping to hold the whole thing together. This video, song and my new record, Bravado, are about juxtaposition. What version of what story is true?”
Set for release on February 21, 2020 via Outside Music, Bravado is a record for those who struggle with loneliness and those wishing they had more time alone.
“I think about how we’re so disconnected,” says Cousins. “I get sucked into my phone and forget to go for a walk because of this sense of obligation that I have that convinces me to get as much work done as possible. It feels like we’re not connecting in person as much as we used to and that we may be the loneliest we’ve ever been. We’re missing what’s actually happening, like, the earth being on fire. We get caught in the spin of comparing our lives to social media depictions, false standards of a good life. I’ve been thinking about how we must be getting close to a breaking point.”
For Cousins, this chapter is a personal and professional metamorphosis. She is in the producer chair, applying her years of experience, trusting her own ear and pulling thoughtfully from her network of talented colleagues.
“I booked some studio days in February with the intention of making a single and working with some Toronto based musicians I’d always wanted to including Joshua Van Tassel on drums, Robbie Grunwald on keys, Brian Kobayakawa on bass, Dean Drouillard on electric guitars and with Chris Stringer as engineer. Soon after, I realized I was chasing a theme and a feeling I’d been pondering for months and it turned into a whole record of, perhaps, my best writing.”
Cousins’ last project, Natural Conclusion, received a nomination for a 2018 Grammy Award, a nomination for Songwriter of the Year award at the 2018 JUNO Awards, and three wins at the East Coast Music Awards. Cousins also writes for film and TV and her songs have appeared on the programs Grey’s Anatomy, Supergirl, Reign, and Nashville.
Cousins will return to Canada in March of 2020 with John Paul White. They will perform March 21 at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.