BIOGRAPHY

Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. On their debut full-length, Gracie and Rachel pit anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The duo announced the album in April via NPR alongside the introspective video for “Only A Child.”

Released on June 23rd, the self-titled record quickly won the hearts of NPR fans who voted them to #4 on NPR’s Your Favorite New Artists 2017. Bob Boilen described the music as having “a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground... [Gracie and Rachel is] something that I’m finding myself falling in love with a lot, which is music that has more space in it, and I really like that.” Boilen brought them to the famed NPR Tiny Desk to record a session that was released on November 1, in the write-up he proclaimed "[Gracie and Rachel] have made one of my favorite albums of 2017." They have also been featured in Paste (in-studio session), Nylon, Ladygunn, Blackbook, and Under the Radar amongst other notable outlets.

Like their stylized color palette of black and white, the duo’s instrumentation appears simple and spare at first glance, but there’s a powerful prism effect at work in their music that brings us back to the concept of duality: their songs are intimate and expansive, questioning and confident. The creative pair met in high school in Berkeley, California and reunited in Bushwick, Brooklyn, building out a loft to be their home and studio where they crafted this debut.

The duo’s music is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. The nine orchestral-pop songs on Gracie and Rachel tell a story that’s rooted in the truth —their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless, or triumphed in subverting expectations imposed from without. Baeble Music hailed opener “Tiptoe,” with its eerie ghost tones and taut percussion, as “beautiful and unsettling,” a description that applies to the spacious piano and sympathetic violin on “(Un)comfortable,” or the hammering piano part on “Go,” all the way to the ringing vocals that build to a defiant crescendo on “Don’t Know” to close the record.

Gracie and Rachel’s live performance is a mesmerizing mix of haunting vocals, keyboard and violin accompanied by timpani-like drums, electronic beats and samples. The two play off each other not only musically but mentally. Different shades of the same emotion appear simultaneously on their faces and flow through their instruments. Seen on stages with Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Joseph, Ani DiFranco, Tall Heights, and San Fermin, the live experience displays an almost tangible quality to their deeply rooted bond, an intimate connection that is vibrantly apparent on stage and equally imprinted on their record.

PUBLICITY

There’s a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.
— Bob Boilen/NPR Music
Gracie and Rachel: Intimate Orchestral Pop

Dark and light constantly fuse, diverge, and unite in Brooklyn violin-piano duo, Gracie and Rachel. Their newest single “Tiptoe” (which we premiered a few weeks ago), from their forthcoming debut album, begins with a single haunting note. Pizzicato violin from Rachel Ruggles and Gracie Coates’ piano ebb and flow together in a rocking orchestral rhythm, while Gracie’s milky vocals add a delicate layer of gothic pop on top.
— WNYC Soundcheck Session with John Schaefer
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.”
— Baeble Music
What do doe-eyed vixens, melodically-driven indie pop and Brooklyn, New York have in common? Gracie and Rachel, of course. This up and coming piano/voice and violin duo are stealing hearts from coast to coast with their original music and inspiring outlook on the act of creating art.
— Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Gracie and Rachel can’t release [their] debut album soon enough... Kate Havnevik, Regina Spektor, Sia, Tegan and Sara, and Frou Frou all come to mind when listening to Gracie and Rachel but they definitely have their own stylish sound.
— Examiner.com

CONTACT

Management:
Invasion Group, Ltd
Steve Dalmer
steve.dalmer@invasiongroup.com
212.414.8733

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