Sisters Bianca and Sierra Cassidy have built an entire discography on the principles of assemblage: CoCoRosie routinely paste together disparate bits of sound, teasing out melodies and stories, cranking out freak-folk tinged with hip-hop, trance and something candlelit and altogether unfamiliar.
On The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, CoCoRosie's third full-length, horses toss back their manes and neigh, children's toys burp and squeak, found-sound samples spin and warp, drum machines sputter, bells chime, keyboards moan. Bianca chant-raps, Sierra bays with operatic aplomb and the resulting cacophony feels a little like stumbling through a flea market in some far-flung European hamlet, knocking into unfamiliar gadgets, clawing through bins of used silverware, spotting priceless baroque artifacts and chipped Coca-Cola glasses on the same crappy folding table, disoriented by all the mingling and the smell of someone cooking onions. The Cassidys thrive on twisting simple keyboard melodies into big, atmospheric productions that are pretty and nightmarish at the same time, and The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn will either leave you shaking or gazing dreamily out a window. Or both.