CocoRosie has been my most loved band in the last 2 years. I may have my fleeting affairs with other genres, artists, beats and rhythms, but those girls just keep giving me sparks of re-discovery and amazement that comes with the rich texture of their music, astounding lyrics and artwork. Their music is broadly characterised at Psycho Folk, which is a part of the new wave folk featuring artists such as Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart. Ranging from more mellow romantic songs to trip-hop, CocoRosie uses a range of musical instruments as well as toys and other under-popular instruments.
The band consists of two sisters, Sierra and Bianca Casady, who use their childhood names of Coco and Rosie as their band signatures. The sisters were separated for a good part of their lives and share an interesting and dramatic background, which you can read about in a 7 page interview at the NYT the girls took part in in 2006. If you want to explore further, there is a video interview at Whitecanvas as well. So far I’ve enjoyed all their albums; every one of them is different, but I believe that their live performance at Olympia Paris 2007 is the most at heart experience of CocoRosie you can get. The girls experiment with just about everything on stage, from the opera voice of Sierra, animal- and toy-generated sounds to the eclectic style of costumes and make-up they come up with every time they perform.