BIOGRAPHY

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. Through their music, the two young women use lyric and sound to flip common preconceptions on their heads.

With the release of their latest single, "Tiptoe," Gracie and Rachel's NYC audience has expanded quickly into markets across the country. "Tiptoe" was premiered by NPR-affiliate WNYC Soundcheck followed shortly thereafter by a WNYC Soundcheck In-Studio Session with John Schaefer. In their track premiere for "Tiptoe," WNYC said about Gracie and Rachel's live show, "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. A tangled and intimate connection between the two is apparent on stage and will no doubt imprint on their upcoming debut." 

National touring with artists such as Julien Baker, Holly Miranda and Emmy The Great followed the single’s release performing at venues such as (le) poisson rouge, The Chapel, and Schubas as well Noise Pop and CMJ Festivals. Press and radio have given them warm embraces with recent sessions with AudiotreeDaytrotter and KCRW Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Series. In their video premiere of "Tiptoe," Baeble Music raved: “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.” (cont'd)

Gracie and Rachel's forthcoming debut, GO, is a penetrating record about questioning realities, anxious introspection, and self-exploration, which flows freely between virtuosic violin textures to sylphlike melodies, highlighting uniquely stimulating songwriting. The duo built the record from scratch in their Brooklyn loft with producer Garrett Eaton and completed it at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut, renown for its long history with The National, Kurt Vile, San Fermin and the like. The result: a heartfelt glimpse into two passionate artists' unpredictable take on the powers that be.

PRESS

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 Go, 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 (August 27, 2015)
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 (November 4, 2015)

DAYTROTTER August 24, 2015

Set list: Tiptoe, Up Side Down, (Un)comfortable, Don’t Know

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
A mountainous piece of shrill piano presses, thick string plucks, and violins that skitter only to soar, “Go” by Gracie and Rachel is simply beautiful. “Go” awes in its ability to make technical mastery into something moving and potentially transcendent.
— The Deli Magazine
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

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