Cocorosie Biography

CocoRosie is the unusual recording name used by American sisters Sierra (Iowa, USA) and Bianca Casady (b. Hawaii, USA), who have been described by their record label as ‘tiny field mice singing gospel’. The sisters spent an itinerant childhood following their mother, a Native American teacher and painter. Sierra went on to study classical opera singing and learned to play the guitar and flute. Bianca, in contrast, received no professional training and spent several years living a bohemian life in Brooklyn. The two met up in 2003 in Paris, France where Sierra was studying at a local conservatory. They began recording on a whim, building songs around the ambient sounds they captured on four-track in Sierra’s tiny apartment in the Montmatre district. Bianca returned to New York at the end of the year, but a tape of the sisters’ lo-fi recordings came to the attention of US independent label Touch & Go, which released the completed set, La Maison De Mon Rêve, in 2004. The sound effects on the album included the noise of waves crashing against the shore and a rooster crowing, in addition to numerous crashes and bangs credited to Bianca and an unusual range of percussive instruments. The serious nature of Bianca’s lyrics was in sometimes marked contrast to the lo-fi production, dealing with issues including underage prostitution (‘Lyla’), racism (‘Jesus Loves Me’) and domestic violence (‘By Your Side’). Live shows complemented the bizarre world of fantasy and imagination explored on La Maison De Mon Rêve, with the sisters dressing up in character complete with mascara moustaches and beauty marks.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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