Saturday, March 1, 2008
My Love-Hate Thing With Nu-Folk, Part Three: CocoRosie
It is exceedingly difficult for me to snark on CocoRosie, even though they follow the same Nu-Folk template as Devendra (hell, Bianca Casady is/was dating Devendra) and Joanna (harps, creepy voices). But CocoRosie own the hell out of me. It is not that I don't love pretension, it's just that I'm selectively pretentious.
Legend has it that Bianca and Sierra Casady are estranged sisters who were reunited in Paris when Sierra was studying opera and Bianca was travelling the world, though there are detractors that claim that Sierra and Bianca are not really sisters and just pulling a Jack & Meg White sibling shtick.
I dunno, I think their eyes look alike. And they are both so fucking hot. In photos they always appeared to be having champagne soaked bubblebaths and slumber parties and wearing mustaches for fun. They are more on the urban magick side of the hippy dippy spectrum, with genderfuckery and Pierre and Gillesque dreamy imagery. They appear to be living life as a luxurious adventure.
Please observe the following video:
It is pretty hard not to fall in love with Bianca as she asserts: "if you think you're gonna get away from me, you better change your mind," grinding all up in her 2Pac teeshirt and sweat pants, looking like the hottest Nu-Folk ca. '94 thug babe ever. I admit that folk's ironic appropriation of hip hop and R&B usually bugs the hell out of me, but this is one cover that just works, because it doesn't feel ironic...it feels like baby makin' music. Sorry, Kevin Lyttle, you just got served.
South 2nd: This isn't an official video, but the weird blips combined with Sierra's heartbroken voice on this song KILLS me.
Rainbow Warriors= My hippy Jam/anthem. Sierra and Bianca macking dressed as a mustachioed soldier boys? TOTALLY HOT. (Sierra looks like Daniel Day Lewis!)
Alright, enough blind devotion.
Next on the queue of Nu Folk ridicness: Antony and The Johnsons, Death In June (Nu-Nazi folk!) and god knows what else.