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, “Only A Child,” Gracie and Rachel's NYC audience has expanded quickly into markets across the country. “Only A Child" was premiered by NPR Music with Bob Boilen praising, “There’s a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.” 

The duo’s previous single, “Tiptoe,” was premiered by WNYC Soundcheck and was followed shortly thereafter by a WNYC Soundcheck In-Studio Session with John Schaefer. 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 Tall Heights have given way to packed-show performances at venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge, Swedish American Hall, and The Chapel, as well as Noise Pop and CMJ Festivals. Press and radio have given them warm embraces with recent sessions with Audiotree, Daytrotter 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.”

Gracie and Rachel's self-titled debut album, recorded originally in their Brooklyn loft with producer Garrett Eaton and with additional mixing and production by Greg Giorgio and Steve Wall, 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 result: a heartfelt glimpse into two passionate artists' unpredictable take on the powers that be.

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Gracie and Rachel's forthcoming self-titled debut album, recorded originally in their Brooklyn loft with producer Garrett Eaton and with additional mixing and production by Greg Giorgio and Steve Wall, 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 result: a heartfelt glimpse into two passionate artists' unpredictable take on the powers that be.

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 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.
— Alexa Peters, 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... They’ve released a track off of the upcoming album, Go and created a mesmerizing black and white music video to go with the emotionally rich track. 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.
— Stephanie Csaszar, Examiner.com