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Smoosh - She Like Electric

  by Mark Rowland

published: 20 / 11 / 2005

Smoosh - She Like Electric
Label: Pattern 25
Format: CD


Surprisingly mature-sounding indie rock on debut album from Smoosh, which features Seattle-based sisters, 14 year old keyboardist and vocalist Asya and 11 year old drummer Chloe

Listen to Smoosh’s debut album, and you won’t believe how young they are. Sisters Asya (keyboards and vocals) and Chloe (drums) are 14 and 11 respectively and musically mature beyond their years, bringing to mind a pocket sized Tori Amos with a touch of Ben Folds Five.They are also quite successful in the US considering their ages, supporting Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie and “!”!” The only thing that gives them away is the vocals on the record, though Asya still has a good voice. You would expect lyrically for the band to be naïve and immature, but there’s no hint of cringy lines on ‘She Like Electric’. Then again, it’s quite difficult to work out what the lyrics actually are, so that may have something to do with it. This isn’t a great album, but it is a very good one. Opener ‘Massive Cure’, ‘It’s Not Your Day to Shine’, ‘Pygmy Motorcycle’ and ‘About the Picture’ are real stand-out tracks, and semi-rapped ‘Rad’, ‘The Quack’ and ‘Bottlenose’ are gloriously fun. Overall ‘She Like Electric’ shows promise by the bucketload; give them a couple of albums and they’ll really be a real force to be reckoned with. In the meantime, they’re still making music that is better than many of their adult indie rock peers.

Track Listing:-
1 Massive Cure
2 It's Cold
3 It's Not Your Day to Shine
4 Rad
5 Take it Away
6 La Pump
7 Pygmy Motorcycle
8 About the Picture
9 Bottlenose
10 Make it Through
11 I've Got My Own Problems to Fix
12 The Quack
13 To Walk Away From
14 But Now I Know

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