Sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady AKA American duo CocoRosie release a track from their upcoming album, Tales of a Grass Widow. Tales of a Grass Widow will be their fifth album. As they are now signed to City Slang Records, the album will see a European release on May 27.
Gravediggress is representative to their album’s theme; transformative ecstasy in the face of harmful neglect. The song tells the story of an imagined conversation between an abandoned child and an outcast old woman. The young girl asks the Gravediggress to bury her love in the ground for safekeeping. Cleverly, the sisters take on a character each with Bianca impersonating the child’s voice in the chorus, “Gravediggress dig me a hole I can bury, all of my love in, all of my holy” while Sierra sings in haltering yet clear tones to imitate the voice of an old woman.
The track is very cleverly put together with the vocals overlapping suggesting that perhaps the child and the old woman are the same person. A simple electronic drum beat and a piano are all that accompany the sweet, innocent vocals of each.
You can listen to it here.
Tales of a Grass Widow features 11 tracks and was produced in association with Valgeir Sigurðsson. Later this year Bianca Casady launches ‘Girls Against God’ – an arts and letters print publication. Linked to this project, Bianca and Sierra Casady have founded the Future Feminists with Antony Hegarty and performance artists Kembra Pfahler and Johanna Constantine. The group’s platform is to “free society and protect the planet from the corrosive effects of patriarchal belief systems”.
The songs in Tales of a Grass Widow touch on CocoRosie’s personal response to the group’s feminist mission. Tales of a Grass Widow is out on May 27 across Europe.