CocoRosie announced the release of their new single After The Afterlife last week. Now they have also released the accompanying surreal video.
Director Mike Basich said: “It was exciting to be given so much creative space when working with CocoRosie. It was a special project filming it in a place where the girls grew up in their younger years; adventuring through nature, dreaming of other lives in the land of Hawaii.”
Bianca describes the inspiration for the video as: “Nature, magic, ritual, fun…. There were no narrative ideas for the video unlike our other attempts. We just knew we wanted to document a true adventure and see what happens.
“The smells [of Hawaii] take me back to early childhood. I feel a strange sense of home on the land. I walk barefoot. I love how the rain comes and goes all night and day.”
CocoRosie’s fifth album Tales of a Grass Widow is out on May 27 through City Slang. ‘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.
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. Bianca said: “We are burning with optimism. 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”.”