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La Maison de Mon Reve

I'm always in a mood. It's not always a bad mood, although it may be three-quarters of the time, but I'm always in a mood. I've found that certain CD's better suit certain moods. Like, if I feel like partying my ass off, I'll put in Echoes by The Rapture. The other day I was in a weird mood. I was kind of tired and it was raining outside. I had just got off work, and I knew I had a lot of work to do once I got back to my apartment. So I decided to just drive around and listen to music for a while. But, alas, I wasn't able to find a CD that correctly fit the mood I was in, and that pissed me the fuck off. You know? If I'm in a bad mood, I don't want to listen to a happy CD. So, I just said, "Eff it." and drove back home. Later on that day, I happened on to this CD from CocoRosie, and it just made me so happy. Eventually, I got out of weird tired mood I was in, and probably got angry about something.

What made this CD even cooler after I listened to it was its back-story. Cocorosie, a two piece consisting of sisters by the names of Sierra and Bianca Cassady, recorded La Maison de Mon Reve in an apartment in Paris. That got me thinking. What if two hot, rich sisters got holed up in an apartment in Paris in the springtime? What would they do? Would they go shopping? Enjoy the sights? Go to Cannes? I personally thought they would've done a bunch of rich Parisians (male or female-preferably female-or each other-yeah sisters-ahem), but that's just me. However, that's not what the Cassady sisters have done. These two trust fund babies holed themselves up inside of their apartment in the 18th district, away from the rain, and played whatever they felt like on their guitars, flutes and whatever they were able to find. Sometimes it sounds cute, while at other times it sounds sad. But it always sounds cool, and that's what really matters nowadays. If you aren't cool, nobody likes you. Nobody wants to listen to some lame-ass bastard talk his un-cool face off about un-cool stuff. But don't worry dear reader, I am cool. And so is CocoRosie. I mean what's cooler than two white chicks skewing the relationship between blues and hip-hop? I'll tell you what. Me. Well, kind of.

The Cassady sisters don't go out of their way to create their music. It all seems quite laid back. They seem to use everything available to them inside of their apartment in the recording of La Maison de Mon Reve. It transports the listener to the very spot where it was recorded. When the first song begins, the simple guitar melody, angelic voice, and strangely placed rooster crowing will almost seem off putting, but at the same time strangely charming. This is what makes it immediately noticeable that this album is something different, its charm. Sierra sings in a poor, old-fashioned voice, often emulating other characters such as an old black man or a poor, subservient housewife. Many tracks on La Maison de Mon Reve have small hip-hop beats that help to set CocoRosie apart from other lo-fi blues/folk bands such as Devendra Banhart. But back to the important stuff, CocoRosie is two really cute chicks who I really want to do...at the same time, and that's what really matters. That and I'm cool.

8.0 / 10Will
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