Watch Calicoco's New Video for "Anchor Park," Out Today
If you feel like maybe you've been sleeping on Calicoco, that's probably because you have!
The project is the latest musical endeavor of Rochester, NY-based multi-instrumentalist Giana Caliolo, whose debut album Float was released this past summer on indie labels Dadstache Records and Records of Choice. It marked the first time in a while that Giana had stepped out from behind the drum kit and to the front of the stage; the result is her strongest artistic statement yet.
Directed and edited by Kyle Richard McCarthy, a new video for one of Float’s more introspective moments, “Anchor Park,” is out today. Stereogum raved about Float, and its "a wandering, intimate nature that makes it feel like the self-discovery is happening as its being written."
Naturally, the video is all about personal discovery. Giana recalls the park that inspired the song’s title; the splinters she’d get covered in from the wooden playground, the field where she played softball, the beach, the memories. But there were also rumors of a monster hiding in the shadows next to the field, and for a kid in the suburbs, that feeling alone is enough to send them running.
“When I was writing [the song] Anchor Park, I was trying to confront some of my early shame, fears, and anxieties that have followed me into adulthood, some of which touch upon sexuality and gender,” Giana explains.
“I had this vision of going back to the park as an adult to acknowledge some of these things. It was honestly so cathartic to play an alter-ego and face those demons head on. I love the way Kyle was able to create a narrative to tie it all together. He really did it with such eloquence and charm.”
Calicoco’s debut record, Float, digs deep into the aches that come with facing demons and anxieties, asks vulnerable questions about identity, and explores the melancholy of the everyday. At the same time, Float is an anthology of a relationship from beginning to end, capturing the passion and pain of love through her own lens.
Giana’s voice and guitar is joined on most of the record by Andy Baker (Buckets) on drums and Kamara Robideau (Gold Koa, Oh Manitou) on bass. Matt Battle (Gold Koa, Oh Manitou) produced the record and drums on a number of songs. Together, they create a sound that alternately lulls, pushes, and crashes listeners into their world.