Chaos Chaos

Independent release, 2012


REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


The duo of Asy and Chloe, AKA Chaos Chaos, has probably trumped most of us in life experiences thus far. The pair has already graced Lollapalooza, been on Jimmy Kimmel Live, played alongside Death Cab For Cutie and Tokyo Police Club, and have even regularly been covered by Cat Power. Not bad, right? Here's the kicker: the oldest sister is only 21. Sure does make your junior high and high school years seem inadequate, huh? my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

These days, Asy and Chloe have dropped the Smoosh moniker they've gone by since 2000 when they were still preteens and have moved from their Seattle home to Brooklyn. Now legal adults, their new name reflects an older, sometimes darker version of their sunny indie pop background, and this Kickstarter funded EP is their first release while being able to legally buy lottery tickets.

The first track “Winner,” produced by Bloc Party's Matt Tong, highlights the sisters' vocal harmonies while showing a versatile side of their drumming. The saxophones and harps add a nice touch, too. “My Hands” follows and gets a bit dance friendly with a mesmerizing beat, bright keyboards, and a memorable chorus. At mid-EP things get quieter, as Chloe takes the lead with calm, breathy singing that is later punctuated by Asy's passionate chorus on “Antibiotic.” Here the distorted guitars and thick basslines stand out from the overall electro-rock feeling of the disc. Generally, the music here is quite varied and well done, though it's hard to trump the vocal harmonies they deliver through these five tracks. “Follow Me” stands out as the most memorable tune here for just this reason – the voices align just so perfectly together.

While in Smoosh, the girls certainly sounded wiser than their years (perhaps due to the fact that Death Cab For Cutie's drummer was their musical mentor); now, as young adults and seasoned vets, they play with a level of maturity and grace even further beyond their ages. Multi-layered, dreamy, sometimes moody, and with timeless, heartfelt melodies, this is a great way to start off a new musical chapter for these extraordinarily talented young women.

Rating: B

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