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Gracie and Rachel

Gracie and Rachel - Trust / Ideas (double single)

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Gracie and Rachel’s inaugural singles from their forthcoming second album on Righteous Babe Records (due out late Summer 2020) explore the depths of their emotional states and the walls we build up inside ourselvesit’s music to excavate our inner fears and help us find the empowerment from within.

“so excited to have dear ones, gracie and rachel, releasing their latest work on RBR. a decided and melodic offering, both sweet and strong.” --ani

You may recognize Gracie and Rachel from the extensive touring they have done with Ani in recent years, both opening shows and guesting in her band. We are proud to have them part of the Righteous Babe family with their new music.

Gracie and Rachel, the collaborative duo of keyboardist Gracie Coates and violinist Rachel Ruggles, have been praised by NPR to “mix pop and classical in stark, infectious ways” and “make unforgettable, surprising music.” The duo validates both of these claims with the release of “Trust,” a transcendent demonstration of their evocative, pristine orchestral-pop that is as hypnotizing as it is thought-provoking. 

Angelic choral elements lift the song throughout with lush production and a pointed message: Sprouted from a writer’s block that caused Gracie and Rachel to doubt their songwriting abilities after a lengthy tour, “Trust” blossomed into an empowered reflection on learning to speak your own language, believe in your instincts, and write your own narrative, regardless of any self-imposed walls your mind builds up.

Simultaneously inspired by the strength of womxn coming forward in the #MeToo movement, Gracie and Rachel wanted to illustrate the ways in which courage can be contagious: “We aimed to create a piece that would embolden someone to find their strength through feelings of doubt.” The video begins with Gracie amidst anguished imagery in black and white, which progresses to color once a television is turned on and Rachel’s empowered choreography is broadcasted, bringing the two together through a screen. With both artists ultimately coming into a shared physical space, whether real or imagined, there’s a sense of belief that in order to persevere we must all trust ourselves. Watch HERE.

Also out is “Ideas,” a pizzicato-laden declaration of not letting your inner-saboteur take the wheel.