Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance on their self-titled debut, and their live show is equal parts fierce drama and delicate intimacy. Their music is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie's piano and lead vocals and Rachel's violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion.
The nine orchestral-pop songs on Gracie and Rachel tell a story that's rooted in the truth – their truth – but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless, or triumphed in subverting expectations imposed from without.
Their close-quarters creative process lends a sense of urgency to their music that cascades through the rollercoaster arc of the album. Baeble Music hailed opener "Tiptoe," with its eerie ghost tones and taut percussion, as "beautiful and unsettling," a description that applies to the spacious piano and sympathetic violin on "(Un)comfortable," or the hammering piano part on "Go," all the way to the ringing vocals that build to a defiant crescendo on "Don't Know" to close the record.