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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 – Live Review (The Brighton Dome, Brighton 27 September 2013)

CocoRosie, queens of the different, the strange and the outsider, live at the Brighton Dome was always going to be a good show. A band that divide critics and audiences alike, you can say what you want about the records but live they are still a wonderful thing to behold.

The Brighton Dome had the perfect vibe and location for their legions of loyal and equally strange but wonderful fans. Those not seated around the auditorium bristling with anticipation, stood in front of a washing line strewn with clothing while odd ambient tones mixed with samples of helicopter blades played.

CocoRosie

CocoRosie

A figure with his face hidden walked out to the synths and continued the sound. It intensified, changed, became a beat and gained a rhythm. Then Sierra Cassady bounced onto stage like a hyperactive toddler and all of Brighton fell in love. After a few verses of harp and opera courtesy of her powerful classically trained voice, sister Bianca and beat boxer Tez joined them on stage to massive applause. All clad in matching striped ponchos, the group shed them at different stages over the evening, the girls taking centre stage and trying on new outfits off the washing line, prancing around like naughty children trying on mums clothes. Behind them the two members of the backing band had their own raised platforms, all four flanked a dressing table with a large, ornate mirror that sat in the middle of the stage.

On record CocoRosie’s music veers all over the place, defying genre and categorisation. Live this effect is ten-fold, you never know what to expect next. One minute during Black Poppies you’re enjoying a kind of lo-fi opera performance before suddenly you’re taking part in a pumping acid house rave. Songs like Rainbowarriors and Far Away start off quietly then build and build into psychedelic dance freak outs, aided by the amazing beat boxing of Tez and the colourful, trippy imagery projected onto the screen behind the band.

In fact Tez came close to singlehandedly stealing the show, his deep voice and beats underlying songs as if it was an electric instrument or a drum machine. Half way through the show, he’d given his fifteen minutes in the spotlight to show off his skills solo, to a greatly appreciative audience. Winding his beats up and down, body popping and grabbing at his throat to illicit all number of strange sounds. When the band rejoined him on stage, Sierra amped up the adorable factor by cart wheeling back into the centre, dressed in a ballerinas tutu and hot pink bra. Her constant dancing played well with Bianca’s more introverted approach and the two joined regularly in the middle to sit in front of the mirror, apply makeup and marker pen to each other’s faces and sing while holding hands.Sierra at one point stared into the mirror brushing her hair and singing to a bird propped onto the side of the frame.

There was a real party atmosphere in the room with fan favourites Werewolf and R.I.P. Burn Face continuing the adventures into dance music. The crowd loved it and went especially crazy for CocoRosie’s infamous cover of Kevin Little’s Turn Me On. I saw them play this song three years ago and then it was too sincere and slow. Now, however, with the girls embracing their fun side it’s a highlight of the evening with a prowling Tez and pirouetting Sierra encouraging the crowd to bust out their best moves.

Brighton’s finest are out in force. Hordes of perfectly dressed lesbians in bowler hats, piercings and punk haircuts mingle with stylish hipsters, ageing supermodels and Europeans beauties with dark, deep, brown eyes. CocoRosie love their audience too, skipping back on for an encore with endless blown kisses into the crowd. They were persuaded to stay on for longer by just cheering alone for an improvised jam that starts with Bianca smashing her fists up and down the grand piano that sat to the left of stage. Before that though was the excellent K-Hole (with added trumpets) and new track After the Afterlife in a much funkier style to that of the album. While classics like By Your Side, Lemonade and Noah’s Ark were missing it made no difference to the near perfect show which continued to everyone’s delight in an after party in the front bar. Bianca strutted behind the desk dropping 90’s pop classics while Sierra watched from the balcony above still dancing like a maniac. The diehard fans drew round desperate for a hug or a kiss, of which the girls were very happy to oblige. Friday night in the heart of Brighton on a warm September evening; the perfect place for some CocoRosie.

By Josh 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 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.”

CocoRosie After The Afterlife Video

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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