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. Ivory satin lined with teeth, the duo finds beauty in stark simplicity, pausing to breathe a hint of the abstract into the highly emotive, evolved body they create. Playing venues like City Winery, (le) poisson rouge, and Mercury Lounge over the past year and with the release of their latest single, “Tiptoe,” Gracie and Rachel’s NYC audience has expanded quickly into other markets across the country. “Tiptoe” was premiered by NPR-affiliate WNYC Soundcheck on July 10th, 2015 and released worldwide the same day.
Their forthcoming debut album, GO, is a penetrating record about self-exploration, which flows freely between virtuosic violin textures to sylphlike melodies, highlighting seasoned songwriting. The result: a heartfelt glimpse into two artists’ lives intertwined. From the pit of despair to the summit of success, Gracie and Rachel will always be headed somewhere new.
With the turbulent strings of Regina Spektor paired to the orchestral chamber pop of Bat for Lashes, “Tiptoe” is both beautiful and unsettling…and that’s just the track. The gorgeous video finds the pair engaging in a ritualistic interpretive dance which fits the dark shadows of the black and white video. File this video under “stunner.”