Following the release of their stunning new album Tales of a GrassWidow through City Slang last month, CocoRosie have unveiled a stirring new clip for track Child Bride.
The clip comes ahead of a special sold out show at London’s Barbican this Saturday, plus an appearance at Latitude Festival on Sunday. The band also announce a string of new UK live dates for the coming months.
The Child Bride video comes alongside CocoRosie sister Bianca Cassidy’s involvement in Girls Against God, a boldly feminist exploration and multi-generational arts and letters publication, deploying the arts to illuminate the oppressive, obsolete nature of traditional, male-defined religions and other patriarchal institutions — “We must resist and reinvent,” Casady declares.
In the video, directed by Emma Freeman, the motions of Girls Against God are illustrated to poignant effect. “Child Bride is my forth music video for CocoRosie” Freeman explains. “A tale of a young girl who is married to an older man and removed from her family. Through a window in her husband’s home, she dreams of being back with them. Do they still think about her? Lonely, abandoned and made to be a wife and woman.
“Every year, an estimated 14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Robbed of their childhood, denied their rights to health, education and security. I encourage people to get involved and visit www.girlsnotbrides.org.”
Tales Of A Grass Widow is the fifth album from the cross-disciplinary performance artists, now signed to City Slang for European release on May 27 2013.
The songs in Tales of a Grass Widow touch on CocoRosie’s personal response to the group’s feminist mission – Grass widow itself is an archaic term meaning an abandoned mistress and sets the scene for an album full of unsettling turmoil and contrasting stark beauty.
“We are burning with optimism,” Bianca asserts. “I feel a global awakening to the realisation that we have been comfortable in a social prison for thousands of years. We, women and men, oppressed by patriarchal views and systems with religions who despise women.
“You can find the phrase ‘Eve The Whore’ in almost every western language. It rolls off the tongue without a second thought, without acknowledging how Religions have blamed women and their bodies and their sex on the fall of ‘man’.”
Produced in association with Valgeir Sigurðsson, Tales of a Grass Widow features 11 songs and, in keeping with prior compositions, synthesises electronic and organic music conveying a compelling futuristic, return-to-nature sound. Punctuation comes across the record with beat box from CocoRosie’s longtime collaborator, Tez.
You can catch CocoRosie live on the following dates:
17 Jul Lyon – Les Nuits des Fourvière
20 Jul London – Barbican
21 Jul Suffolk – Latitude Festival
22 Jul Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
26 Jul St Petersburg – A2
28 Jul Moscow – Avantfest 2013
30 Jul Riga – Palladium
01 Aug Oslo – Rockefeller
02 Sep Bremen – Schlachthof
03 Sep Copenhagen – Vega
04 Sep Aarhus – Voxhall
07 Sep Dresden – Reithalle
08 Sep Katovice – Galeria Szyb Wilson
09 Sep Poznan – CK Zamek
11 Sep Salzburg – Rockhaus
12 Sep Graz – SPPC
13 Sep Stuttgart – Wagenhallen
14 Sep Neuchâtel – Cas a Chocs
15 Sep Zurich – Kaufleuten
16 Sep Amsterdam – Paradiso
18 Sep Leuven – Het Depot
19 Sep Frankfurt – Mouson Turm
20 Sep Frankfurt – Mouson Turm
21 Sep Köln – Gloria
22 Sep Tilburg – Incubate Fest @ City Theatre
23 Sep Nancy – L’Autre Canal
25 Sep Paris – Olympia
26 Sep St Malo – La Nouvelle Vague
27 Sep Brighton – Brighton Dome
29 Sep Manchester – Academy 2
30 Sep London – Oval Space
01 Oct Gateshead – The Sage
02 Oct Dublin – Button Factory