Coco Rosie Don’t Want to Grow Up
"Death, horses and angels,” are a few of the things that sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady claim as influences in the making of their latest album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn. The characters and stories developed in their third full-length album are a sort of adolescent tryst between the morbid and the playful. They conjure spirits of the deceased and find a way to look past death, and perhaps the notion of insecurity in general, through fantasy.
Separated by circumstance as teenagers, the sisters spent much of their coming-of-age apart. Bianca ended up studying art in Brooklyn, while Sierra went to Paris to study opera. In Paris 2003, Bianca re-entered her sister’s life on a whim, and the two spent many months in Sierra’s Montmartre flat — in the bathroom, specifically — recording what would become their musical debut, La Maison de mon Ręve. Critical acclaim, label signings and international touring have led them to this third album, which they declare is "a departure from the obscured blur of the stained glass ręve to a more self-exploitative memoir,” where you can expect subject matter much closer to home.
Instrumentally, The Adventures retains Coco Rosie’s signature sound of quirky childhood toys and hip-hop-influenced breaks, Bianca’s vocal freestyle contrasts with Sierra’s classical trained soprano voice, with friends Tez and Spleen beat boxing for backup. They’ve been included in David Kleijwegt’s short documentary Eternal Children, which explores the freak-folk movement (or, as it’s being called, New Weird America) and have stated explicitly in interviews that they’re "not into being adults.” It’s as if, because of being forced apart at a young age, they are forever reliving the adolescent years they never shared together.
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