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CocoRosie Reveal Self-Directed Video for Gravediggress

CocoRosie continue to impress with their recent single Gravediggress from their newest album, Tales of a Grass Widow. Now the dynamic duo have released a new self-directed music video for Gravediggress.

The video, directed by Bianca Casady, in true CocoRosie style creates an enigma of a video that asks more questions than it answers. The opening shot shows what seems to be a washed up and tired out clown, staring into the distance. This is followed by a short shot of a masked woman taking clothes pegs off a washing line. The video continues to interchange between both the clown and masked woman through what seems to be a very disturbing and cold existence. Bianca Casady explains the narrative as, “…a loose journey through the psyche of a lonely outcast who finds ecstasy and company in nature”. Upon second viewing of the video, it is easy to see what Casady was aiming for. The enigma of the video and the question mark of a song seem to make perfect sense.

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CocoRosie Gravediggress artwork

Bianca said: “The filming was spontaneous though it took much more time than a typical music video and without the pressure of a studio and crew we were able to wander and shoot in this way. We let the work steep and revisited the project months later for another stage of development.

“I prefer to shoot intimately, just me and the other and the force of the elements. Some times our hands got frozen cold or we got attacked by swarms of mosquitoes, spiders crawled out of every hole and we truly marveled over the moon and pink sky.”

The single begins and evokes images of almost melancholic wind chimes leading to Coco Rosie’s staple of electronic percussion. The audience is struck by the vocal layers of Bianca and Sierra Casady. In expected unorthodox fashion, the chorus is repeated thrice and is not heard again for two verses. The structure of the song engages the audience which in turn avoids the track feeling rigid or repetitive. CocoRosie continue to produce unique and interesting music.

By Luke Bennett

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CocoRosie Reveal Brand New and Controversial Video for Child Bride

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

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CocoRosie Tales of a Grass Widow Album Review

CocoRosie’s fifth album Tales of a Grass Widow is a magical explosion of world influences, haunting vocals and thought provoking lyrics. Tales of a Grass Widow blends a huge amount of influences into such a compact work of art.

Tales of a Grass Widow is to be released on May 27 through City Slang. The album features 11 tracks and was produced in association with Valgeir Sigurðsson. 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”.”

Tales of a Grass Widow is a wonderful record full of inspiration and fantastic musical compositions that lend the album to become one long, mystical adventure. The album has a feel to it that captures the imagination and transports it to a world full of magical and awe-inspiring things. It has a very back to nature feel – everything feels fresh. The world music influences allow Tales of a Grass Widow to capture the essence of a vagabond lifestyle.

The album features recent singles Gravediggress and After the Afterlife. Tears for Animals is the second track on the record and has a brilliant slow tempo and entrancing beat. The male vocals at the start as so soft and welcoming. Child Bride sets a slightly darker tone to the album compared to the previous tracks, After the Afterlife and Tears for Animals. Child Bride has wonderful African influenced drums heard solemnly in the background while the vocals are cracked and broken, made to sound like a vulnerable young girl being forced to marry at a young age. The lyrics, “It’s hard to tell whose little girl am I/The man with the dark eyes/ Will take me home tonight/I wash my body five years grown…” really set the scene this song – a scared girl entering into an arranged marriage against her will.

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Broken Chariot is another track on the album that captures the listener. Again, strong world influences seep through with pan-pipes being heard. Broken Chariot is a strange song with inaudible vocals but wonderfully pieced together instruments. It’s almost meditative. It’s also the shortest track on the album which indicates it might be used as a breather between the heavier numbers.

On the other side, tracks like End of Time take on a completely different persona. End of Time has a particularly strong pop girl band feel. The drum beat, bass riffs and synth sounds really lead this song into the pop genre. The vocals in End of Time are not sung but rapped. However, it’s so well produced and mixed that it will instantly become one of your favourites.

Towards the end of Tales of a Grass Widow, there’s a track called Roots of my Hair. It contains softly played pan-pipes, seductive sitar and innocent vocals. It’s got everything. It transports you to the hills in Nepal, for example, where you could sit in meditation – a place where patriarchal systems do not exist. It just has that open-minded, spiritual feel to it. It’s the best track on the album by far.

CocoRosie really know how to produce an album that opens the mind, plays with your senses and leaves you fully satisfied. CocoRosie are not just two sisters making music, they are two sisters with a message for society. And what better way to portray this message than through clever, world influenced music that is bound to capture your imagination and heart. Tales of a Grass Widow is an album that is not to be missed in 2013.

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CocoRosie Release Brand New Video for Single, After The Afterlife

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.”

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Screen shot from CocoRosie’s After The Afterlife video

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”.”

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