Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday, we deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Lemonade” by CocoRosie from their 2010 album Grey Oceans on Sub Pop.
A lucid dream from a very particular day, or maybe the feeling of melancholy as specific memories of the childhood remain... either way, there’s a certain sense of nostalgia expressed by the piano, bells, tambourine, synthesizer, and falsetto of Bianca Casady, and the soprano voice of her sister Sierra. The two grew up together all over the country but only have been performing as a duo since 2003. Named for their mother’s nicknames for them (Bianca is “Coco” and Sierra is “Rosie”), CocoRosie quickly became ingrained with the increasingly popular “freak folk” crowd and collaborated with celebrated artists Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons and Devendra Banhart. Their own eccentric style assembles acid rock, experimental pop, folk, blues, jazz and indie, as well as lyrics that tell the story their lives. Also, CocoRosie has built a trademark thus the use of unconventional instrumentation, such as toys, saucepans and other daily life objects. Yet despite their associations and experimentation, it’s hard to define them in a specific genre.
Grey Oceans is the title of their fourth album to be released next month, their first on Sub Pop. The sisters started recording the album in Buenos Aires with award-winning Argentinean producer Nicolas Kalwill using only vintage analog equipment, but completed it in locations around the world: Paris, Berlin, New York, and Melbourne. Their first single, “Lemonade,” is a flash of moments that sound like an attachment to an infancy full of joy and adventures as lyrics describe:
Shot a rabbit from the back seat window
Sat and watched in the summer corn row
Ate ice cream in a desert dream
Got love in father seeing you
Too hot inside to hot outside
Lazy days when you said just go for a ride
We’ll sail on Spirit Lake,
Me, my pappy, and his lemonade
The song is completed by a harmony that pairs piano chords with a vivid but soft synthesizer that leaves a feeling of sadness completed by the combination of Casidy sisters’ voices.
CocoRosie are currently touring Europe, but they will be Stateside this summer and hitting the Showbox on June 25. You can find out more on their MySpace page. For now, here is the video for the song they first recorded in Buenos Aires called “God Has A Voice, She Speaks Through Me”: