What an awesome duo I have for you today. Gracie and Rachel hail from Berkeley, California.
Nowadays they are based in Brooklyn, New York.
Gracie and Rachel are Gracie Coates (lead vocals, piano) and Rachel Ruggles (violin, vocals).
Orchestral pop piano-violin duo, Gracie and Rachel, crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals, augmented by sparse but powerful percussion. Tiptoe EP is a preview of their upcoming debut LP. Their music is a heartfelt glimpse into two passionate females’ unpredictable take on the powers that be. “With the turbulent strings of Regina Spektor paired to the orchestral chamber pop of Bat for Lashes, Tiptoe is both beautiful and unsettling…” -Baeble Music
They recently released the EP, Tiptoe. You can get your very own copy at Noisetrade.
This is a teaser for their upcoming full album, for which I’m waiting with bated breath. The EP is so awesome that the album is going to be mind-blowing.
So, do you want to hear some of it? You know you do, let’s wander around their music.
First up this wonderful choral arrangement of a rap song, dripping with polyphony. I understand that Kreayshawn is their hometown hero. To quote Gracie: She really is a badass lady who is not afraid to speak her mind and have fun doing so, and I think we could all learn a lot from women like her right now. She has the swag and it’s pumping out of her ovaries, you know?”
Above and beyond that, they have produced an amazing track that I will be playing for a long time.
Gucci Gucci (Kreayshawn Cover)
Gracie and Rachel’s choral arrangement of Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci”
Filmed and edited by Ian Schneider
This is a beautiful track, wonderful vocals and the delicate violin stylings. Complete with an intriguing video. Such an evocative sound. This is the second track on their awesome new EP, Tiptoe.
Music by Gracie and Rachel
Filmed and directed by Sam Margevicius.
I do love their videos, so simply presented in black and white, but so much thought has gone into them. They are little cinematic gems. And the music, so sublime. I really love this track.
Music by Gracie and Rachel
Filmed and edited by Michael McQuilken and Graham E. Burns
Song produced by Garrett Eaton
Another great Sofar performance, this time the New York branch. They do such a great job presenting the artist in the best possible way. And of course Gracie and Rachel are up to the task. Another amazing song from their repertoire.
Only A Child
Filmed by: AJ Giambrone, Matt Goldman & Joyce Zhao
Edited by: AJ Giambrone
Audio by: Justin Boyd & Lucy Krakow
OK, to finish up here today, another live performance. This time a Balcony TV production from Los Angeles, on a chilly evening. Balcony TV is another great presenter of talent. Love this production. This is a song included above, but I just needed to hear the live version. And a brilliant performance by both windswept young ladies, and their drummer/producer. Great to also hear some background on the upcoming album.
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Alissa Nardo
Recorded/Mixed By: Art Martinez
PA: Alissa Nardo