The sisters in CocoRosie have spent a considerable amount of time in Berlin over the years, having won over hearts in this town. So when, on one of my trips to Los Angeles a few years back, I got the chance to see CocoRosie, I grabbed it and went to the concert excited as pie. Only to be disappointed. I was in absolute awe for the first 3-4 songs, then got sufficiently bored. The magic of the flurescent make-up, the high voices and the mix of musical styles didn't seem to vary very much and somehow, it all began to drag.
But because I love the concept of this group and because the addition of an Indian folk orchestra made me curious, I gave the elf-like sisters another go and ventured to Heimathafen Neukölln a while back.
Heimathafen has hosted many interesting live music events over the past months but somehow I had not yet ended up at one of their promising nights. But wow, what a venue! Yes, I expected a theater, but I didn't expect this classical bohemian setting. Absolutely wonderful. And even though we got into the venue late because of the long queue outside, we managed to secure a balcony space with a good view. The setting was perfect and tension building while everyone was waiting for the perfomance to commence.
Performance-wise, one didn't get bored. I mean, there were eight people on stage, the Indian folk musicians in traditional dress, CocoRosie in some hip hop fusion style, Heimathafen's elaborate setting and a sold-out room of dancing, devoted fans. So much to look at. But musically, while the attempts at mixing all this were very impressive, for me personally it lacked direction a little. There was a lot going on yet there were no real hooks in the songs that you would later recognise and hum to yourself. I also didn't feel enough atmosphere created that would set you into a trance, in the absence of hooks. Now you may think "she just doesn't get it" and I will not deny this fact. But J. and I go to see a lot of experimental music; we are by no means your average pop radio listeners who panic when a song has no chorus to sing along to. I can handle weird and wonderful. Though somehow, CocoRosie try so much and so hard, yet lack that one element that grips me. I like what they do but I find it hard to love it.
Of course I was glad I went and witnessed this and enjoyed it. Of course. I just wish I could also get as excited about this duo as other people do. I admire the concept, the ideas, the stamina; I just wish the production of it all would get me as addicted as it could, were there some form of direction and continuity that I could get hooked to. Most likely, I will go to see them over and over because I am not willing to accept that this is not for me. It should be and it will, one day, maybe.