Photo credit: Nathan Casady


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Today, Sierra and Bianca Casady, the sister duo who perform as CocoRosie, return with a new collaboration with Chance The Rapper. The track “Roo” HERE is co-written, produced and performed by CocoRosie, as part of Chance The Rapper’s new album The Big Day.

CocoRosie is the music-based project of American cross-disciplinary performance artists Sierra and Bianca Casady. Their songs blend a myriad of styles and references, from hip-hop to folk and opera, shaping the most painful of experiences into memorable and evocative pop songs. Taken as a whole, CocoRosie’s music is an ongoing psychologically intimate dialogue between the siblings. Each sister has multiple personae and vocal styles; Bianca delivers troubadourian-style-rap while Sierra often responds with ethereal tones while accompanying their voices on harp, piano, or guitar. A quintessential part of their sound is a percussive landscape made using children's toys and other found objects which adds a particular nostalgia to their songs.

In their fifteen years as CocoRosie, the sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady have released six albums: Heartache City (2015), Tales of A Grass Widow (2013), Grey Oceans (2010), The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (2007), Noah's Ark (2005), and their first album, La Maison de Mon Reve (2004) -- each one inspiring controversy and debate in equal amounts to praise; such is their fearlessness and willingness to take risks with their art. This strong creative vision runs through every aspect of their work - from videos to live performance utilizing theatrical costumes and make-up - which they create alongside each new body of songs.

Finding expression for their ideas in other disciplines beyond the traditional musical parameters is paramount to the sisters - and often a source of inspiration for their songwriting. In addition to their album tours and festival performances worldwide, Bianca has held solo exhibitions of her artwork in NYC at Deitch Gallery and Cheim and Read. Bianca has choreographed “Nightshift,” a dance production and “Soul Life,” an opera both staged at the Donau Festival in Krems and directed two theatrical performances with the National Theater Academy in Norway. Sierra has arranged and performed music in collaboration with the likes of the Symphony Orchestra of Amsterdam, The ICA in London and The Sydney Opera House. Currently Sierra works on a lead role in an opera written and directed by her sister and composed by both that will premier at the Manchester Festival in 2021.

Most recently and aside from the completion of their seventh album, CocoRosie has composed original scores for four full-length theatrical works by Robert Wilson: Peter Pan, Pushkin's Fairy Tales, Edda and Jungle Book and now creating The Tempest for upcoming premiers. This year they presented the second series of songs written for a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet at their Jazz Festival in San Francisco, which is leading into a recorded album with songs composed by CocoRosie in the near future.

"...speaks to the universality of both pain and solidarity." - NPR

"Their sixth album is a welcome return to what made them great in the first place." - FADER

"The Casady sisters keep it precious and weird even as they explore more expansive pop sounds." - New York Magazine

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July 26, 2019 1:44pm ET by Gold Altas  


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