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Alyssa Rubich: "I Do Not Exaggerate My Instabilities At All"

Rocks Off almost never gets a bad recording out of the Red Tree Recording Studio, so when producer Harold Reubens sent us his latest project, he had to jump a bar he'd already set pretty high.

Little did we know that not only would Alyssa Rubich's C'est La Vie clear the hurdle, she would keep rising with terminal velocity.

Rubich is a 19-year-old Florida transplant now studying at Sam Houston State. She's been writing songs since age nine and playing guitar since 11. C'est La Vie is her debut EP, and if it's any indication of what she's capable of, it's only a matter of time until she sets the whole friggin' music industry ablaze.

Listening to the EP takes a little dedication if you're going to discover exactly what makes it groundbreaking instead of merely pleasing. You'll hear the Regina Spektor and Poe influences right off the bat, but the first listening may lull you into believing that Rubich is defiling the legacy of those Valkyries with a set of fairly generic love songs.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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