CocoRosie Have Drummer Next Door Contribue to 'Grey Oceans'
As CocoRosie previously told Spinner, the recording sessions for their new album, 'Grey Oceans,' found the sister act staying up all night. One of the odder tunes from those sessions, 'Hopscotch,' sounds at first like something straight out of a Wild West saloon but quickly morphs into electronic sounds. As Bianca Cassidy tells Spinner, her sister Sierra came up with the hook when they were relaxing in Miami Beach and eventually found its way into the Argentinian sessions.
"Sierra always writes the melody and lyrics at the same time and it always comes at a completely random moment," Bianca says. "That one really stuck with us and resurfaced late-night in Argentina."
For that particular track, they needed a drummer and heard someone playing next door. It happened to be Argentinian drummer Bolsa Gonzalez, who they made fast friends with. "We're not fond of rock drums at all, but we thought 'Why not invite him anyway?' So, we asked him to play on that song and we tried to explain to him what "jungle music" was, like drum and bass-processed drums sped up," Bianca says. "That's not natural for anyone to play. It was hard for him and he was cussing, but he eventually nailed it."
For CocoRosie, that's been their M.O. since their formation in 2003. "There's a seed or a hook from a random moment that we carry around with us," Bianca says. Another concrete example appears on the ethereal sounding 'Undertaker,' which happens to follow 'Hopscotch' on the album and features another random moment with a special guest vocalist. The sisters happened to be at their mother's house and found an old tape of her singing in Cherokee, so they spliced her vocals into the beginning of the song.
"It's a traditional Cherokee song and we're