themilkman on Dec 19th 2010 08:49 pm

The 2010 Review

As 2010 bows out, it is time to look back on a year that has been rich in new music, some from very well established artists, and some from entirely new comers. Here are themilkfactory’s twenty favourite records of the year, and this year for the first time, this list is augmented with thirty other records that have marked the year.

With no less than four albums in the top 20, the year belonged to Rune Grammofon, and more particularly to Supersilent, who occupy two places, including the top spot. Room40 also place two albums in the twenty best records on 2010, while new imprints Desire Path, Hibernate and Textura also feature with some strong releases.
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COCOROSIE: Grey Oceans (PIAS Recordings)

themilkman on May 3rd 2010 11:54 pm

CocoRosie: Grey Oceans

Grey Oceans
PIAS 2010
11 Tracks. 47mins11secs

Amazon UK: CD | LP | DLD US: CD | LP | DLD Boomkat: CD | LP | DLD iTunes: DLD

One shouldn’t judge a book, or a record, by its cover, right? CocoRosie’s fourth album will probably be remembered for its truly awful artwork. But, behind the amateurish cover and self-depreciating picture of sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady hides the pair’s best album to date, a treasure trove of wonderful miniature cinematic pop songs cast in juvenile broken folk, tainted with brushes of electronics and opera.

This is nothing new for the two sisters, who have developed their unique style since well before their first album, La Maison De Mon Rêve, released on Touch & Go six years ago, yet Grey Oceans is served by much more delicate and complex melodies, denoting a more mature approach to the pair’s dreamy fairytale songs. Continue Reading »

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COCOROSIE: The Adventures Of Ghosthorse & Stillborn (Touch & Go Records)

themilkman on Mar 22nd 2007 10:16 am

CocoRosie: The Adventures Of Ghosthorse & Stillborn

The Adventures Of Ghosthorse & Stillborn
Touch & Go Records 2007
12 Tracks. 41mins06secs

Toy pianos and human beat boxes, tiny bells and music boxes, dragons and butterflies, the world of Coco and Rosie, or sisters Sierra and Bianca Casady, relies heavily on fantasy, dreams and coded imagery. It is therefore not much of a surprise that they asked French artists Pierre & Gilles, who themselves have developed a very personal sense of symbolism, to shoot the cover of their latest effort, and teamed up with Michel Gondry for the video of the first single to be taken off the album. Continue Reading »

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