Thanks for the heads up. I was unaware of this.
Thanks for the heads up. I was unaware of this.
CocoRosie on Grey Oceans:
After touring for the better part of 2007 on our last album, we were ready to create new songs. We had just finished a tour in South America, and we spontaneously set out to find the nearest analog studio and someone to twist the knobs. Through a mutual friend, we met Nicolas Kalwill, a Buenos Aires-based studio engineer who has worked on 15 Argentinean gold and platinum albums. He suggested a world-renowned, vintage studio in Buenos Aires called Panda, where we spent half of the dozen sessions that it took to make this record. Nico Kalwill is the engineer all artists dream of—very talented and always willing to patiently work with the total creative chaos in which our songwriting thrives. We found such an intense chemistry together that we made a tradition of it. After each major tour, we would all meet up and record in whichever studio we found closest to our last show. That is how the story went until alas, we whittled it all down, like gnomes carving soap castles in prison, to our favorite musical adventures from this period.
Although we sensed potential during our recordings for The Adventures of Ghost Horse and Stillborn, it wasn’t until the sessions at Panda that our spritely new band member, Gael Rakotondrabe, became our kindred, musical spirit and creative partner in so many of the songs on this album. A pianist from Reunion Island who grew up playing Creole music, Gael went to Paris to make his career in jazz. His eclectic background has lent itself to such projects as: writing and arranging classical works for the Royal Dutch Orchestra, winning the first prize at the Montreux solo piano competition, as well as collaborating with CocoRosie onstage and in the studio. Gael’s willingness to try anything in the realm of sound has allowed for an explosive alchemy in collaborative song writing.
The first session at Panda was amazing. We were bursting with music, too many ideas to document at one time. We stayed up for five nights straight and recorded almost seven songs. Everything at that point was based on improvisation and experimenting with old analog gear. The first song we recorded was “God Has a Voice, She Speaks Through Me,” a dance song about suicide, spiritual ecstasy and life under the veil. This tune was the beginning of a long and varied path eventually leading to the completion of our new album with little trace of the ocean disco from which we embarked.
At our second session in Buenos Aires, we met Bolsa—a legendary rock drummer and drum doctor from Argentina with awesome hair. Bolsa happened to be next door tearing it up when we were working on the song “Hopscotch.” We had laid down the vocals and asked Bolsa to pump it up with some jungle style beats: “jungle” as in “drum and bass” from the early ’90s. “Hopscotch” became our most playful and schizophrenic song on the record.
Between our two vocal stylings we have pushed our differences even further, and played with this dualism to show an inner and outer world expression in the characters of our songs.
Outside of Buenos Aires, we also spent time recording in Paris, Berlin, New York, and Melbourne, but it was during a rare home recording that we wrote one of our favorite songs. We were searching through some old boxes from our mother’s past and found a tape from the ‘70s that she had recorded herself. The words were in Cherokee with an old, creaky folk sound. We used her song with a stale native drum in our recording of “Pink Balloon of Time,” which later transformed into “Undertaker.” With our mother’s voice in the beginning and the end, “Undertaker” delves into a dreamy soundscape of bass clarinets and drones reminiscent of the film The Dark Crystal, and you will find lyrics of a medieval vernacular.
After a year and a half of fairy toil, a couple of these new songs started to push their way into our live shows. We knew then that they were ripe and ready to be heard. We reconvened with Nico one last time to mix them into our fourth album, Grey Oceans.
I really love this collaboration:
for Record Store Day:
CocoRosie “Lemonade" 7” (sp884)
The A-side to this limited-edition single is an edit of one of the stand-out tracks from the new CocoRosie album Grey Oceans and the B-side is the band’s cover of the Beach Boys’ classic “Surfer Girl.” Grey Oceans, CocoRosie’s Sub Pop debut (and fourth full-length album overall) will be released on May 11, 2010.
Side A: “Lemonade”
Side B: “Surfer Girl”
finally leaked tonight.
Sep 15 2010 8:00P
Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Sep 16 2010 8:00P
Pearl Street Northampton, MA
Sep 17 2010 8:00P
Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
Sep 18 2010 8:00P
Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
Sep 20 2010 8:00P
Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 21 2010 8:00P
Variety Theater Atlanta, GA
Sep 23 2010 8:00P
State Theater St. Peterburg, FL
Sep 24 2010 8:00P
Revolution Miami, FL
Sep 25 2010 8:00P
Social Orlando, FL
Sep 26 2010 8:00P
Downunder Tallahassee, FL
Sep 27 2010 8:00P
Republik New Orleans, LA
Sep 28 2010 8:00P
Fitzgeralds Houston, TX
Sep 29 2010 8:00P
Granada Dallas, TX
Sep 30 2010 8:00P
Emo's Austin, TX
Oct 2 2010 8:00P
Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
Oct 3 2010 8:00P
Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ
Oct 5 2010 8:00P
Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Oct 6 2010 8:00P
Henry Fonda Los Angeles, CA
Oct 8 2010 8:00P
Teatro Estudio Cavaret Guadalajara, Guadalajar, MEXICO
Oct 9 2010 8:00P
Teatro De La Ciudad Mexico City, Mexico Cit, MEXICO
Oct 29 2010 8:00P
Rote Fabrik zurich, SWITZERLAND
Oct 30 2010 8:00P
Tonhuisen antwerpen, BELGIUM
Oct 31 2010 8:00P
Centre Culturel La Passerelle Metz, france, FRANCE
Nov 1 2010 8:00P
Melkweg Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Nov 2 2010 8:00P
La Laiterie Strasbourg, Alsace, FRANCE
Nov 3 2010 8:00P
Fri Son Fribourg, SWITZERLAND
Nov 4 2010 8:00P
Gloria Cologne, Nordrhein-, GERMANY
Nov 5 2010 8:00P
Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt, GERMANY
Nov 6 2010 8:00P
Reithalle Dresden, GERMANY
Nov 6 2010 9:00P
Strasse E Reithalle Burlington, Sachsen, de
Nov 7 2010 8:00P
Muffathalle Munich, GERMANY
CocoRosie's new single "We Are on Fire" b/w "Tearz for Animals", is out June 5 via Touch and Go. It marks the label's first offering since going on hiatus in 2009. The single was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.
A string of dates are scheduled for California in June:
06-06 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
06-07 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
06-08 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
06-09 Los Angeles, CA - Luckman Fine Arts Complex
CocoRosie - We Are on Fire
It's as true of music as the original saying is of books: never judge an album by its cover. And yet when it comes to the music of sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady, AKA CocoRosie, it's becoming increasingly hard not to. While their 2004 debut La maison de mon rÍve was accompanied by a fairly harmless watercolour of a rainbow, its follow-up, 2005's Noah Ark, featured a crudely drawn picture of three unicorns indulging in some sort of pornographic daisy chain while one vomits. For the The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn the pair sported moustaches, while their last album, 2010's Grey Oceans, was represented by possibly one of the worst album covers of all time – the pair of them wearing felt beards, blue felt hats with green hair and looking like two extras from Lord of the Rings if it were being staged by a primary school.
Still, if you can get past the whimsy and the penchant for kooky, there's a lot to love about the songs the pair conjure up, and Gravediggress – the first track to emerge from their forthcoming fifth album, Tales of a Grass Widow, and premiered here – is a definite highlight. Once again they manage to channel their love for the organic and the electronic into something that feels fresh and otherworldly, as the song slips from its medieval pump organ intro into an almost Timbaland-esque beat, built around the beatboxing skills of their producer, Tez. Thematically, the song is an imagined conversation between an abandoned child and an outcast old woman (the titular Gravediggress), with Bianca taking on the role of the child and Sierra using her croaky croon to play the older woman. It's refreshing to return the world of CocoRosie even for just one song.
Now the band has announced its full-length followup to 2010's Grey Oceans, titled Tales of a Grass Widow and out May 27 in Europe and the UK via City Slang (in Germany, it's out May 24).
[Label: City Slang | Cat#: SLANG50050]
After The Afterlife (3:04)
Tears For Animals (5:19)
Child Bride (4:19)
Broken Chariot (2:15)
End Of Time (3:20)
Harmless Monster (3:08)
Far Away (4:37)
Roots Of My Hair (5:58)
CocoRosie - Gravediggress
CocoRosie - After the Afterlife
CocoRosie - Child Bride
CocoRosie - Gravediggress
CocoRosie on tour 2015:
06-30 - Rome, Italy - Villa Ada
07-02 - Milan, Italy - Carroponte
07-04 - Paris, France - Au Foin de la Rue Festival
07-06 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
07-07 - Lisbon, Portugal - Tivoli
07-10 - Barcelona, Spain - Cruilla Festival
07-11 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07-13 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Gesher Theater
07-14 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
07-16 - Paris, France - Cabaret Sauvage
07-17 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07-18 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord / Tolhuistuin
09-22 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
09-23 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater
09-25 - New York, NY - Webster Hall