SMOOSH – Free to Stay
Barsuk Records is breathing a little youthful vitality into the music scene with Smoosh. The band is a piano and drum sister duo. Chloe on drums and Asya on keys, are 12 and 14 respectively. Their Barsuk debut, Free to Stay, reflects the experience these two have gained in their short lives. With Jason McGerr of Death Cab for Cutie as a drum teacher and tours with Jimmy Eat World and Mates of State, Smoosh have learned what it takes to be heard, and Free to Stay is full of a fresh indie sound. The simplicity of only piano and drums (with the occasional background guitar and bass) allows each sister to shine and gives plenty of room for Asya’s remarkably mature voice and lyrics. The young piano prodigy balances driving musical melodies with crooning vocals reminiscent of Eisley. Smoosh takes the best of Fiona Apple and blends it with their own modern, slick style. Free to Stay manages two keep 12 tracks composed of only two instruments and two young girls original the whole way through and shakes off any suspicions of Smoosh being a novelty act or gimmick. Free to Stay is a perfect listen for fans of Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley, and Sleater-Kinney.
(Barsuk Records, PO Box 22546, Seattle, WA 98122)