The Soundboard: Love Stories Review

The “pop-rock” label doesn’t really do justice to Staircase Spirits. For what is often considered a vapid and throwaway genre, there’s plenty about this duo that’s anything but. For one, both vocalist Anna Acosta and drummer Eva Friedman represent the queer community, which is a scarcity in pop-rock as it is, but there’s a sense of depth and personal struggle in their work that further sets them apart.

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Circles & Soundwaves: Interview with Staircase Spirits


This spring, California pop-rock duo Staircase Spirits released their EP Ghost Stories, but that wasn’t their only release of the year. Ghost Stories was the first part of what will be a trilogy of EPs by vocalist / acoustic guitarist Anna Acosta and drummer Eva Friedman; War Stories was released this summer and they’ve recently announced that Love Stories  will be released on December 8th.

To go along with the release announcement, Staircase Spirits recently shared the first single from Love Stories, “California Winter.” Acosta tells us it’s “a love song where I didn’t want to say the word love”, and it’s a fitting introduction to what will be a chapter of acceptance and moving forward.

Read on for the interview, where Anna and I talked about “California Winter”, how Love Stories fits in to the trilogy of EPs, and more!

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The Offbeat: Interview: Staircase Spirits

Staircase Spirits’ music revolves around a melancholy energy that can be employed as a cry for help, in a fit of nostalgia, or as a heavy-hearted attack on someone who has done wrong. Anna Acosta’s world-weary vocals sing achingly over wistful pop-rock instrumentals, with the occasional stringed instrument thrown into the mix. On their latest singles “California Winter,” Staircase Spirits take what is, for them, a rare viewpoint, and soliloquize about happiness and the better parts of love. With dynamic vocals delivered over a bed of driving, energetic guitars, the new single feels like a step in the right direction for the duo.

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