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CocoRosie: La Maison De Mon Reve (Touch and Go)

CocoRosie: La Maison De Mon Reve (Touch and Go)

[3.5 out of 5 maple leafs]

La Maison De Mon Rêve is pots and pans, babydoll voices, and soft little beats. Sierra and Bianca Casady put all these sounds together in a tiny apartment in Paris, and the album’s feel and recording quality show it. Between the lo-fi recordings and songs with titles like “Jesus Loves Me,” CocoRosie is hard to define and takes close listening to truly appreciate. A lot has been written about the project, defining their style as a marriage of blues singing and hip-hop beats. Those connections are not really accurate. Their sound is more in line with groups like Portishead, Baxter, and Morcheeba: experimental mood music, drizzled with pop. While Sierra’s operatic training provides interesting parts on La Maison, the combination of the sisters’ buttercup-feminine style can be oversaturated and a bit annoying at times. The record over all is a good effort, with songs such as “Madonna” and “Terrible Angels” existing as fine examples of their melting of melodies with fashioned noise and beats. However, they are also currently on tour with Bright Eyes, which says a little something.