12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sierra and Bianca Casady seemingly go out of their way to annoy the average listener. Yet, over the years, they’ve matured into an adventurous duo worth giving a second and third chance. The melodies still slip through your hands like so much beach sand and there are enough weird arrangements to make you wonder if they record their albums in a novelty shop. But allow yourself the chance to enjoy their weirdness and the songs unfold as haunting and playful. “Trinity’s Crying” sounds like something heard in the wind on a stormy night as you traipse up to the belfry. “Smokey Taboo” and “The Moon Asked the Crow” sound like what G-Funk hip-hop might sound like in the hands of art students or nature freaks. “Undertaker” wanders off in search of the words to match the music’s fairy dust. Stringed instruments saw their way back to Nico’s The Marble Index and the piano finally settles them into the song. “R.I.P. Burn Face,” despite its tough-talk title, is a gentle, swooning piece that leans on freaky folk to find its electronic groove. These sisters have much to teach us.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sierra and Bianca Casady seemingly go out of their way to annoy the average listener. Yet, over the years, they’ve matured into an adventurous duo worth giving a second and third chance. The melodies still slip through your hands like so much beach sand and there are enough weird arrangements to make you wonder if they record their albums in a novelty shop. But allow yourself the chance to enjoy their weirdness and the songs unfold as haunting and playful. “Trinity’s Crying” sounds like something heard in the wind on a stormy night as you traipse up to the belfry. “Smokey Taboo” and “The Moon Asked the Crow” sound like what G-Funk hip-hop might sound like in the hands of art students or nature freaks. “Undertaker” wanders off in search of the words to match the music’s fairy dust. Stringed instruments saw their way back to Nico’s The Marble Index and the piano finally settles them into the song. “R.I.P. Burn Face,” despite its tough-talk title, is a gentle, swooning piece that leans on freaky folk to find its electronic groove. These sisters have much to teach us.

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About CocoRosie

Combining folk, electronic, lo-fi, and globe-trotting musical elements into a unique and often poignant sound, CocoRosie consists of the Casady sisters, vocalist/guitarist/harpist Sierra and vocalist/percussionist Bianca. Both sisters had an early love of music that they pursued as they grew up, albeit in different ways: Sierra began operatic vocal training while she was in high school, while Bianca sang and wrote songs but kept them to herself. That is, until she reconnected with Sierra, who joined Bianca at her Paris apartment, and they started playing and recording songs together. The fruits of their labor, La Maison de Mon Reve, was released in spring 2004 by Touch & Go and was pre-dated by a string of dates in New York with Devendra Banhart, the Gena Rowlands Band, Battles, and Ratatat. Their second album, Noah's Ark, which featured cameos by Devendra Banhart and Antony of Antony & the Johnsons, arrived in fall 2005. 2007's The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn was a more polished but still eclectic effort. The following year they released the single God Has a Voice, She Speaks Through Me, which also appeared on 2010's Grey Oceans. Inspired by the sisters' travels through Europe, Australia, and South America, the album was released by Sub Pop. In 2012, CocoRosie choreographed a dance production, Nightshift, and an opera, Soul Life, for the Donau Festival in Krems, and performed at the Meltdown Festival curated by their longtime friend Antony. For 2013's Tales of a Grass Widow, one of the duo's most focused set of songs, the Casadys worked with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson and collaborators including Antony. On 2015's Heartache City, the sisters returned to a simpler, acoustic-based approach, eschewing electronics in favor of musical toys and antique instruments. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Paris, France
  • FORMED
    2003

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