Tales Of A GrassWidow is the fifth step in a journey that many who trace it appear to have the desire to obscure and confusticate. Whilst the American sisters have created folk of nursery rhyme simplicity, albeit coating it in colours and shades not usually associated with the genre, critics and fans have fallen over themselves to point out how 'out there' and 'against the grain' the now Paris-based duo are, perhaps to distract themselves or others from the fact that for all their promise and genre-spanning much of their output has been quite underwhelming. So is Tales Of A Grass Widow the point where Cocorosie can walk on without all this distraction?
To an extent, yes. Tales Of A GrassWidow is probably at the midpoint of the expanses the band have traversed, neither as jarring as debút full-length "La Maison de Mon Reve" nor as immediate as the more ballad-leaning "Grey Oceans". It is probably their most consistent album from start to finish to date but it is still wrought with the same problems that have haunted previous releases, forefront of that being that much of what Sierra and Bianca Cassidy add to their music to distinguish it from their contemporaries ends up detracting from the inarguable raw power of it.
Case in point is 'Far Away' at the bosom of the album's middle third, where a lullaby riding on a Balearic trance synth line is coated by ever-present bursts of ill-fitting percussion and sound effects. At the heart is an undeniable beauty, but the Cassidy sisters appear at every attempt to scratch away at it. For artists such as David Thomas Broughton and Matthew Baim, for example, such hacking of an arguably tired template pays off but for CocoRosie the further they dress up the bare bones of their creations the less appealing the end result becomes, with tracks like the ukelele-led 'Roots Of My Hair' much more enticing.
Continue reading: CocoRosie - Tales Of A GrassWidow Album Review
Cocorosie, fresh from their latest and somewhat divisive album 'The Adventures of Ghostface and Stillborn' arrive in Nottingham to little fanfare, a disappointing turnout does little however to deter the crowd. Cocorosie beatboxer Tez gets us off to a great start with a prodigious display which almost but not quite has the audience dancing. Certainly his affable charm warm the crowd up nicely, and as Cocorosie saunter onstage bathed in red lights there is a real sense of excitement, their always detached but breezy performance incorporates grand piano, harp, bass and keyboards, and a variety of trinkets, toys and bells.
Continue reading: Cocorosie, Nottingham Trent SU, Live Review
Dear ones, Let us know your favourite track from our album ‘Put The Shine On’ and #PutTheShineOn ♥︎… https://t.co/NiJIcvogbf
We hope you're loving the album! Enjoy a little something I recorded for you last week in the home studio but forgo… https://t.co/cqniFhdEOH
From Rainer/CocoRosie Management. https://t.co/q9LPXs66dR
Thanks to @Spotify for adding 'Burning Down The House' to their All New Indie Playlist 👇 https://t.co/zijmIMnzUg
Dear Ones, Let us celebrate together the release of our 7th Record! (Can you imagine we have been a band for 17 ye… https://t.co/j506lEUL69
[email protected] are hosting our album pre-stream right now! Click the link to listen to the complete 'Put The Shine On'… https://t.co/BmNUyQt81H
Dear Ones, Here's a little teaser of our track 'Hell's Gate', the full track will be out with our album 'Put The S… https://t.co/RmXnbgVNQx
Ahead of our album release, we're giving you one last opportunity to own another exclusive CocoRosie t-shirt! 🖤 … https://t.co/kmI8kwDoqC
RT @kexp: Sisters Bianca + Sierra Casady have been bewitching ears for 15 years as CocoRosie (@LaRealCocoRosie). The @marathonartists duo b…
Go and check out our @Deezer 100% playlist! Full of all our essential tracks! 🔗 https://t.co/o5HXcefaRX https://t.co/LDo4pjOmAY
‘Restless’, is out now!! You can watch & listen here: https://t.co/TpUk2PptGZ https://t.co/sqlU3Ep2NV
Our new single ‘Restless’, is out now. It is our record's love song that tells the story of a woman who, ravaged by… https://t.co/OFHFHsuBtl
‘Aloha Friday’ is Today’s Top Tune on @kcrw! Listen and download from the link below! Our Album ‘Put The Shine On’… https://t.co/a2H5xvi444
We made a Put The Shine On + Smash My Head t-shirt bundle for you, be quick for discount! T-shirts avail to pre-ord… https://t.co/hciE8iIHPj
Dear Friends and Family, we will be playing some US dates next spring following the release of our record. Come swi… https://t.co/SJ5cTY2xnz
Dear ones, we are excited to announce the release of another song from our upcoming album. 'Aloha Friday' was writt… https://t.co/geH2Z6tD1j
Check it out on Spotify's mobile app: https://t.co/tLYcEX2hDR
Do you want to know what ‘Smash My Head’ is about? Go and watch our canvas clip on the Spotify mobile app to see if… https://t.co/WRS7xJJgUP