Hip hop + Opera = CocoRosie


Photo by: Coque.cr(Flickr)

By Raphaela Linders

CocoRosie broke into the musical scene with a new kind of musical talent that was foreign to the indie music world. It can be suggested that a significant sign of a true artist is their ability to transform and use different  musical mediums to create a ever developing progression of sound. CocoRosie’s  new album Grey Ocean  reflects this progression within a controversial style of music. They have never been afraid to try something new, completely out of  the everyday norm thus protecting from falling into a specific genre of music. Like all CocoRosie’s albums Grey Oceans  has a strange way of creeping up on you.

For those who have bought the cd, and who have gotten past the cover which shows sisters Bianca (coco) and Sierre (rosie) representing a strange sense of mystical beauty, while being covered by facial hair and blue felted knowm hats. The first song on the album Trinity is Crying, eases one into the album  by creating a eerie sounds accompanied  by angelic beat-boxing.

As one progresses through the album one’s ears are challenged by the mixture of different genres that each song resonates. The  song that stands out is Lemonade. The soft melancholic  sound of piano keys being played is accompanied by Bianca’s  unintelligible voice.  As the song reaches a state of depression, the tempo rises, and Sierre starts to sing, creating a sanguine atmosphere. At this part in the song Sierre’s  voice is clear and playful.

Unlike their previous album The Adventures of a Ghosthorse and Stillborn that was released in 2007 which has intense cohesion of schizophrenic sounds, Grey Oceans returns to a more subtle approach similar their first album  La maison de mon rêve.  This could be the result of the change in producers. The two previous albums were produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson whereas Grey Oceans is produced by 
 Argentinean Nico Kalwill.

CocoRosie  come easily under the hands of people who criticise their music, as something that is  not planned and just a jumble of sounds put together. However as said in the beginning  CocoRosie has a strange way of creeping up on you. Once one passes the eccentric cover and listens to the music to the songs, one will come to the understanding that each song is meticulously choreographed.  What Coco-Rosie have achieved is to bring all genres together in a creative expression. Binary opposites within music are playfully placed together.


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