CocoRosie (Sierra and Bianca Casady) release their seventh album next month, Put The Shine On will be dropped on 13th march 2020 via Marathon Artists, lamenting their longevity as artists. Incorporating single Smash My Head, this album is expectedly feisty, but what else would you expect from this sibling duo?!
CocoRosie is the music-based project of American cross-disciplinary performance artists Sierra and Bianca Casady. Their songs fuse and blur genres bringing many styles into their mix, from hip-hop to folk and opera, shaping the most painful of experiences into evocative pop songs. Now seven albums in, the sisters have been sharing their intimiate psychology with each other, with the world for many years. Both Sierra and Bianca have multiple personae and vocal styles throughout this album; Bianca delivers troubadourian-style rap while Sierra often delivers more ethereal tones while accompanying their voices on harp, piano, or guitar. Their sound is consistently inconsistent. Their percussive landscape lays the groundwork, made using children’s toys and other found objects which adds a particular nostalgia to their songs, and a particular voyeuristically shared intimacy.
Their last album came out five years ago and no doubt there is a great deal of anticipation from their fans that have been waiting for something new since Heartache City. Smash My Head, the first release from this album, “journeys from a hard-knock desert childhood scene to a transcendent cosmic passing to another realm.” With dub-step and drum n bass elements to this track, we know to expect more of the same from CocoRosie. Climaxing and building sonically it’s a key track in Put The Shine On.
In their fifteen years as CocoRosie, the sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady have released six albums: each one inspiring controversy and debate in equal amounts to praise. This one is no different. High Road ecompasses hip hop, ethereal qualities, and rock drumming, whereas Mercy is more of a percussion-based pop track, with no shortage of MCing mind you. Restless screams of Self Esteem, but the two stand-out tracks on this album are Where Did All The Soldiers Go and Hell’s Gate. A poignant pop ballad, the former has more melodic structures to it than we are used to from CocoRosie. Hell’s Gate is reminiscent of that Oh Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with a bluegrass/country intro that merges into something a little more contemporary, soulful yet not short of punked-up hip hop.
With the variety, unpredictability of this album, I can’t see that CocoRosie fans will be disappointed with this most recent offering from the duo. Put The Shine On is certainly a reminder of why they have been on the scene for fifteen years.
Put The Shine On is released on 6th March 2020, via Marathon Artists.