Album: Moscow Apartment EP
Label: Self Released
In early 2017 two young musicians from Toronto were leafing through a book of photographs, when the caption of a picture of an old man outside a bleak Russian building caught their eye. Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla had found the name for their newly formed duo. An interesting choice, as ‘old and bleak’ is the complete and absolute opposite description of both the band and their music, yet the name works very well in attracting interest.
Still only in their mid-teens, the maturity in the song writing and musical skills of the pair is quite remarkable. And having just won ‘Best Young Songwriters’ at the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards, this first EP of five beautifully crafted songs is surely an indicator of special things to come. The Swedish duo ' First Aid Kit ' and also ' Castlewoods ' another Swedish star in close harmony singing have been setting the standard, and after a few listens to Moscow Apartment it would seem that Canada will be enjoying the beautiful harmonies of a comparable vocal duo.
Just half a minute in on the first track ‘Caroline’ and the musicality of the band is fully evident. The second track, ‘Francis and Isobel’ is an acoustic guitar backed treasure of song writing and vocal skills, enhanced with a few bars of beautifully phrased trumpet, and it’s very evident that the local Toronto musicians chosen to work with Moscow Apartment to create this EP are proof of the amazing amount of musical talent that exists in every city. This track and the EP as a whole are superb examples of that strong musical creativity.
If any listener was beginning to settle back into an expectant complacency, the third track ‘Annie’ will blow them out of their seat. Beginning gently, the song suddenly erupts into a full on rock workout for the girls on bass and electric guitars with drummer. Turn the volume right up for this one and let the neighbours enjoy it as well! But next ‘The Thing You Do’ starts incredibly beautifully with simple strummed guitar and vocals of such a high clarity, they seem to have wafted down from above the clouds. Quite stunning.
The final short track ‘You Please’ at just one and a half minutes length, ends the EP with a wistful song that begins with a simple finger style guitar backing that achieves sometimes the sound and feel of a medieval lute as Brighid and Pascale weave a story in song. They have a friendship that goes back years, and in just the past year have as a performing duo notched up an impressive list of performances, ‘It’s been something of a whirlwind’ their website reveals. Judging by just one year’s activity culminating in an EP of this standard, the word ‘whirlwind’ might start to suffer feelings of inadequacy, for maybe Toronto is now set for a musical tornado.