May 4, 2007 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
by Katie Sauro
Collectively known as CocoRosie, sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady easily translate the swirling surreal imagery of their intimate songs to stage, which, love ‘em or hate ‘em, makes for quite an interesting show. Backed by a bassist, pianist, beatboxer, and all sorts of strange noises (i.e. roosters, electronic blips), the duo took to the stage in support of their recently released The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (Touch and Go), an album that steers their freak folk more toward hip-hop than either of their previous two releases.
Bianca, fittingly dressed in baggy clothes and hat jutted off to the side, is CocoRosie’s adorable m.c. of sorts, but her “gangsta” disposition is tossed aside when she begins to sing—a warbling but altogether striking mash-up of Bjork and a mewling kitten. At the opposite end of the stage, Sierra, who takes turns at the keyboard and the harp, is a classically-trained operatic vocalist, which further adds to the bizarre sound. Sierra’s vocals usually serve as background fodder, but she takes the lead on occasion, including on the new “Houses,” one of the highlights of the set. Other highlights included hip-hop anthem “Animals,” a cover of rapper-turned-child-molester Akon’s “You Wanna Fuck Me,” and the stunningly beautiful “Terrible Angels” from 2004's La Maison de Mon Reve.
Hopefully U.S.-based readers caught them this time around, because on May 7th, according to Pitchfork, the band was arrested and was forced to cancel the rest of their U.S. tour. European dates have not been canceled.
More on CocoRosie: www.cocorosieland.com / www.myspace.com/cocorosie.