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.