ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

March 03, 2005

Smoosh, "It's Not Your Day To Shine"

The art of keeping a secret is an instinctual one. No one needs to be taught it. No one, when it comes down to it, is actually bad at concealing something they really don't want the rest of the world to know about. It's something we learn by ourselves at a very early age: I don't remember childhood as an age of innocence so much as one of secrets, both minor inconsequentialities which were thrilling to keep to oneself and larger, more significant feelings and thoughts.

Smoosh are two sisters: Asya, 12, who sings, writes songs, and plays the keyboard; and Chloe, 10, who bangs the drums and sings along sometimes. Their music is insouciant, lively, and possessed with a truly infectious joie de vivre; despite the title and sentiments of "It's Not Your Day To Shine", it's a song which can put a smile on anyone's face. Mostly because of that amazing piano riff, which is like the catchiest melody in the history of pop, and a TWELVE-YEAR-OLD wrote it! No fluke, either: each of the 14 songs on their debut album She Like Electric rivals this for hooky genius so simple that songwriters the world over must listen to these melodies and tear their hair out for not getting to these combinations of notes first.

Smoosh's music is also instinctual: throughout the album, it sounds as if everything's being improvised, nothing's been planned. And instinctively, even though Asya sounds as if she's pottering around her bedroom by herself, she knows about keeping secrets: note her untrained vocal technique of mumbling the lyrics so you can't hear exactly what she's talking about, her habit of eliding words with extended 'wo-oh-oh's, almost as if she's not quite ready to let us into her inner world just yet. It's not your day to shine: she might be wise beyond her years, but it's never a good idea to let the grown-ups know that.

(Unlikely cover stars of Plan B magazine, too, with a fabulous photo:

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