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 single, "Tiptoe," Gracie and Rachel's NYC audience 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 Tall Heights followed the single’s release performing 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 forthcoming self-titled debut album, recorded originally in their Brooklyn loft with producer Garrett Eaton and with additional mixing and production by Steve Wall and Greg Giorgio, 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.