Eskimeaux is the recording project of songwriter and producer Gabrielle Smith. Smith started using the moniker in 2007, releasing experimental and noise albums through 2010, and developing the sound over the years into the realm of more structured songwriting (2011's Two Mountains), EDM (2012's Eskimeaux), and more recently, as evident in her new album, O.K., beat-driven and poetic bedroom pop. Eskimeaux is a founding member of The Epoch, a Brooklyn-based songwriting and art collective.
The recording process of Eskimeaux's newest release, O.K., began with Smith alone in her bedroom, demoing out dozens of songs written over the course of two years. After recording over thirty demos, eleven of the songs were developed, embellished and arranged into a formal LP. After the backbone of the album was established, Smith brought in Jack Greenleaf of Sharpless to co-produce and polish the record. Greenleaf helped mix and produce the album, and spent countless hours adding arrangements, warming vocals, and making dramatic drops out of silences. O.K. features vocal cameos from all of the members of The Epoch, Lago Lucia, Dave Benton and Mitski Miyawaki, as well as arrangement contributions from Henry Crawford and Nick Corbo.
Eskimeaux performs live as a four-piece, Gabrielle Smith (vocals and guitar) is supported by Epoch members Oliver Kalb (synthesizer), Felix Walworth (drums), and Jack Greenleaf (bass). The live band replaces the subtleties of the record with a more driving, dynamic approach to the songs.
Yesterday, Eskimeaux shared the album stream for Year of the Rabbit, their highly anticipated new mini-album. Year of the Rabbit finds the band replacing the highly produced and overdubbed sound of 2015's critically acclaimed O.K. with a more immediate, naturally produced sound, showcasing the sound of Eskimeaux's live band. MTV, who premiered the album stream today are calling it "near-perfect pop" and saying "Year Of The Rabbit balances isolation and connection, love and loss, light and dark - and the beauty of finding everything that lies in between."
Year of the Rabbit is available for pre-order now and is out this Friday, April 15th! Check it out folks!!
Eskimeaux are currently on a full US tour with Frankie Cosmos and Yowler. All dates can be found on the band's website!
Last week Eskimeaux released a music video for "Drunk", the latest single from their new mini-album, Year of the Rabbit. Singer/Songwriter Gabrielle Smith spoke to Nylon about the new song & video.
“I wrote ‘Drunk’ during a song-a-day project I did last spring. As my
life becomes more and more busy with touring and the endless
complexities of being a self-employed artist, small moments of
domesticity like being a little bit drunk walking around with my partner
become welcome breaks from my usual life,” said Smith. “I think this
Year of the Rabbit, is about claiming some control
over my life in a time when things are very chaotic, and about finding
strength in the quiet moments when art is made.”
Year of the Rabbit is the follow up to Eskimeaux's 2015 critically acclaimed debut album, O.K. The mini-album is available for pre-order now and out April 15th.
Watch the new video:
Eskimeaux on Tour:
* with Frankie Cosmos // ^ with Yowler // # with Anna McClellan
Eskimeaux have shared "WTF," the latest single from their new mini album, Year of the Rabbit. Billboard premiered the track and caught up with singer/songwriter Gabrielle Smith. Year of the Rabbit is the follow up to their 2015's critically acclaimed debut album, O.K. The album is available for pre-order now and out April 15th on DDW.
Eskimeaux have also announced a full U.S. tour with Frankie Cosmos and Yowler this Spring. All dates below.
* w/ Frankie Cosmos
^ w/ Yowler
Eskimeaux is back in action with a brand new release coming April 15th on DDW and are sharing a new song today on All Songs Considered. The six-song mini album titled 'Year of the Rabbit,' is a collection of songs recorded live by songwriter, Gabrielle Smith and friends, Emily Sprague and Felix Walworth. The record is the first to showcase the sound of Eskimeaux's live band as its primary sonic touchstone, replacing the highly produced and overdubbed sound of Smith's earlier records with a more immediate, naturally produced sound. ' Year of the Rabbit' is available for pre-order on MP3, CD and Deluxe CD Photo Book in our store.
Stream new song, 'Power' below:
Catch Eskimeaux on tour with Frankie Cosmos in April:
Fri-Apr-01 Brooklyn, NY Shea Stadium ∞
Sat-Apr-02 Brooklyn, NY Shea Stadium ∞
Sun-Apr-03 Washington, DC DC9 ∞
Mon-Apr-04 Richmond, VA Strange Matter ∞
Tue-Apr-05 Raleigh, NC Kings ∞
Wed-Apr-06 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade - Purgatory ∞
Thu-Apr-07 Birmingham, AL Syndicate Lounge ∞
Fri-Apr-08 New Orleans, LA Siberia ∞
Sun-Apr-10 Austin, TX Sidewinder ∞
Tue-Apr-12 Sante Fe, NM Meow Wolf ∞
Wed-Apr-13 Phoenix, AZ The Rebel Lounge ∞
Thu-Apr-14 Los Angeles, CA The Echo ∞∆
Fri-Apr-15 San Diego, CA Che Cafe Collective ∞∆
Sat-Apr-16 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall ∞∆
Mon-Apr-18 Portland, OR Analog Theater ∆
Tue-Apr-19 Vancouver, BC TBD ∆
Wed-Apr-20 Seattle, WA Vera Project ∆
Thu-Apr-21 Boise, ID TBD ∆
Fri-Apr-22 Salt Lake City, UT Diabolical Records ∆
Sat-Apr-23 Denver, CO Lost Lake ∆
Mon-Apr-25 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry ∆
Tue-Apr-26 Madison, WI High Noon ∆
Wed-Apr-27 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall ∆
Thu-Apr-28 Cleveland, OH Mahall's ∆
Fri-Apr-29 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Roboto Project ∆
Sat-Apr-30 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church ∆
∞ with Anna McClellan
∆ with Yowler
Check out the new video for Eskimeaux's hit single 'Broken Necks', directed by Robert Kolodny at House of Nod. The video is streaming now over on the DDW YouTube. Catch the band on tour this October with Girlpool, Alex G, Told Slant and more!
October 2 - Brooklyn NY @ Baby's All Right*%
October 3 - Annandale on Hudson NY @ Bard College
October 5 - Cambridge MA @ The Middle East Downstairs#*
October 6 - Cambridge MA @ The Middle East Upstairs#*
October 7 - Montreal QC @ Casa Del Popolo#*
October 8 - Toronto ON @ Smiling Buddha#*
October 9 - Buffalo NY @ Sugar City*%
October 10 - Detroit MI @ Majestic Cafe#*
October 11 - Bloomington IN @ The Blockhouse#*
October 13 - Chicago IL @ Subterranean#*
October 14 - Gambier OH @ The Horn Gallery
November 9 - Harrisonburg VA @ Clementine
November 10 - Charlotte NC @ The Station
November 11 - Atlanta GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
November 12 - Durham NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
November 13 - Baltimore MD @ Ottobar
November 14 Philadelphia PA @ First Unitarian Church
* w/ Told Slant
% w/ Attic Abasement
# w/ Girlpool
& w/ Alex G