Chosen as the Young Performers of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards and Best Young Songwriters at the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards, Moscow Apartment is driven by a mixture of sweet harmonies and belted refrains, acoustic shimmer and electric crunch, and the clever wordplay of multi-instrumentalists and versatile vocalists Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla.
The heart of their work is songcraft with a power and heft beyond their years, but that still draws from the dreams and worries of youth. The resulting songs slip and shift through traditional folk, pop, and post-punk to create a distinct kind of indie rock that moves your feet even as it catches in your throat.
Friends for years after having met as members of the VIVA! Youth Singers — Toronto's top kids’ choir — Brighid and Pascale began Moscow Apartment early in 2017, taking their name from the caption beneath a picture of an old Muscovite outside a bleak building in a book of photographs. “Something about that caught our eye,” Pascale says. “It seemed like a good name, a different name, for our duo.”
The duo put together a collection of solid songs in short order and completed their first EP with the support of an array of local musicians, and a fund-raising campaign that drew on their quickly-growing fan-base. The self-titled EP was officially launched September 29 2017 at the Burdock in Toronto, and it's been a whirlwind ever since.