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Moscow Apartment: Halfway

The fast-rising Toronto pop-folk duo previews an upcoming EP with a gently insinuating tune showcasing pleasing vocal harmonies.

Moscow Apartment: Halfway

By Kerry Doole

Moscow Apartment - Halfway (Hidden Pony): The rapid career ascent of the Toronto-based pop-folk duo is attributable to both a strong work ethic and a truckload of talent.


Singer/songwriters Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla are still in their teens, but they have already won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, and the Canadian Songwriting Competition (Under 18 category). Most significantly, they won Slaight Music’s prestigious $100,000 It’s Your Shot Competition in 2018.

An eponymous 2017 EP hinted at Moscow Apartment’s potential, and two 2018 singles, Orange and Be You, earned airplay and TV and film placements.

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A new EP is slated to be released on Hidden Pony Records with the support of Slaight Music in June 2020. 

New single Halfway showcases the rapid evolution of the MA style from sparse ukulele-and-guitar to a more sophisticated sound. The tune is a gently insinuating one, featuring resonant guitar and the pair's close-knit and pleasing vocal harmonies. It certainly leaves us wanting to hear more.

Word is the upcoming EP will concentrate on original songs, but the duo has also been developing their songwriting chops in Nashville and with some of their favourite Canadian songwriters, including Grammy winner Chin Injeti (Eminem, Drake, Pink), Dave Thomson (Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum, Lights) and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene).

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