Interview: Moscow Apartment – New Girl

The duo have just shared “New Girl” from their upcoming self-produced sophomore EP, Better Daughter, set for release on July 10. Fuelled to write a song after enduring a particularly bad week of misogyny and catcalling, “New Girl” lays minimalistic guitars over top of each other to create a sound that starts out small and builds to a big ending.

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Hi guys, how are you today?

This is Brighid here, taking a break from my summer school course. I am taking Earth & Space Science (sometimes I like to be fancy and say I am taking astrophysics). It is super interesting but challenging and a lot of work! We are both taking summer school courses since our summer of touring and festivals was cancelled. 🙁

How would you describe your sound?

We have described our music so many different ways!  indie folk rock with electric crunch, singer songwriter with jangly indie rock…indie folk rock with pop sensibilities. Shimmery indie folk rock. someone once described us as a teen girl equivalent of The Milk Carton Kids mixed with Sleater Kinney (bet you have never heard that combination). We don’t neatly fit a genre and like that we are kind of cross genre in a similar way that Phoebe Bridgers is.

Which artists have influenced you the most?

Again, it is so hard to say!  Joni Mitchell for sure. Broken Social Scene, St. Vincent, Feist, Metric, Broken Social Scene, Stars, Regina Spektor, Whitehorse, Serena Ryder, Born Ruffians, Good Lovelies and more recently, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Japanese Breakfast.

Who are you listening to right now?

I have really eclectic taste (as does Pascale) so it’s going to vary day to day but off the top of my head: Andy Schauf, Rina Sawayama, Matt Maltese, HMLTD, Phoebe Bridgers, July Talk and  the new Fiona Apple record (which my little 3 year old brother is obsessed with).

How did your latest single, ‘New Girl’, come about?

Misogyny and catcalling is what was the impetus for the song New Girl. There was one week where we were cat called probably like 10 times and we were just fed up with that and wanted to write a song  about men not respecting women’s boundaries, especially in public.We just felt upset about it and you can’t yell at them there because it’s not safe so I guess we wrote a song.  We had started working on the song a little bit when we had a session hanging out at Kevin Drew’s house (I think we did that twice). He has been a huge supporter of our music (when he came to see us play in Collingwood we were both SO nervous). He was awesome and gave some suggestions and ideas but didn’t want to take any credit because he is such a great guy. He is just super supportive of young artists, especially young women and wants to help us stay true to ourselves and our sound.

And are you planning to make it part of a larger release, such as an EP or album?

New Girl is one of 6 songs on out sophomore EP coming out on July 10th. We will hopefully release another EP in late 2020 or early 2021 and then after that, I really want to do a full length.

The lockdown has affected everyone’s plans, but what are you doing to stay productive and are you still able to work on new music?

At the beginning of the lockdown, we were doing a bunch of virtual shows and live streams together but our family plans about germ pods needed to change so that we are not able to see each other except outside for walks right now. We decided to slow down on the livestream/virtual shows for a little while and take this time to focus on writing, getting better grades and doing things like gardening and baking bread.  We are gathering our energy and thinking about the next recording project and hoping that 2021 will be a great one for tours and festivals. Fingers crossed!

If you could curate a festival, who would the headliners be?

Metric, Stars and Broken Social Scene  because those bands feel like family and Rina Sawayame, The Wombats, Laura Marling, Big Thief and Phoebe Bridgers and or Boy Genius.Some of these bands I have seen live since I was a little kid but others are artists I’ve loved for a long time and never seen.

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