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CocoRosie — La Maison de Mon Rêve
(Touch & Go TG253, 2004, CD)

CocoRosie — Noah's Ark
(Touch & Go TG281, 2005, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2006-05-01

La Maison de Mon Rêve Cover artNoah's Ark Cover art

With childlike glee, these sisters embrace one's ear with aural tincture. Romanced beautifully by tiny fragmentary conscious nests, we become ensconced within the folds of their rapturous sequined robes. Encapsulated dollops of sensation draw the fascination closer. The mew of a forlorn lost city croons a swoon stricken from primordial somber dialectics. Heralding wispily ethereal melodies, CocoRosie demand the captivating attention afforded by the adornment of their singular essence. Friably fractured vocal twists whisper to the dearth of emotionally charged songs in popular music today. Intermittent piano tinkling punctuation yields to tambourine jangles making entrance. Terminally hip contemporary rhythms box the space. Beats off the shelf of misty darkness are dusted off clockwise and polished afresh, twiddled sporadically with electronics and blanketed by washes of keyboards.

The debut is more sedate in mood than the more fleshed-out second. Assuredly a forward step in devising, yet the only logical progression. Each exudes the same tenacious and impeccable judiciousness. There is a pleasurable homogeneity in their overall sound – the variety of timbres within does not crack the shell as it bubbles frothily over the top of the cauldron. Both albums flow endlessly fluid in sequence. A duet over guitar plucking romper room marks the end of their nautical journey. An off-kilter akimbo swagger is their preferred mode of luxuriance. From one view to the next, there is almost no exhalation. This little bit just as delicate and awkwardly alluring as the next. Every inch is craftily fragile and magical.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases, 2005 releases

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