Release Date: Apr 10, 2007
Record label: Touch & Go
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Review Summary: Casady sisters release third album, a mix of Hip-Hop, Freak Folk and Indie that brings to mind Joanna Newsom, among others.CocoRosie is an interesting band, to say the least. The act’s sole members are sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady who, after ten years of not speaking to one another, came together in 2003 to create La Maison de Mon Rêve. Soon after, they were pursued (and later signed) by Touch and Go , one of Indie’s largest record labels.
It would be very easy for CocoRosie to make merely ornamental music and focus only on the pretty, ethereal sound that was so charming on La Maison de Mon Rêve. Fortunately, Sierra and Bianca Casady have more ambition than that, and they've managed to craft very different identities for each of their albums -- no small feat, especially since their approach is so distinctive. On The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, they combine the cleanest, most polished-sounding production to appear on a CocoRosie album with a stark hip-hop influence, making this the duo's most focused, and strangest, album yet.
When a band's career is young, flaws are easy to forgive if they are accompanied by interesting ideas. CocoRosie's debut, 2004's La Maison de Mon Rêve, fell into this category: the way sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady approached blues and folk, somewhere between pastiche and tribute, was unsettling and effective enough to make up for their various affectations and hokey back-story. The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn is their third album, though, and if anything, it's a regression: CocoRosie seem to be intent on emphasising all that irritated in the first place.