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, including Lago Lucia, Dave Benton and Mitski Miyawaki, as well as arrangement contributions from Henry Crawford and LVL UP’s 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. Eskimeaux will be touring the U.S. throughout 2015 in support of O.K., out May 12th on Double Double Whammy.
Today, Eskimeaux released a music video for “Broken Necks,” from her album, O.K. Eskimeaux have also announced a tour that kicks off this week, which includes Fall dates with Alex G, Girlpool and Told Slant and Winter dates with Colleen Green and Pity Sex. All dates below.
DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY
MAY 12 2015
2. Broken Necks
3. I Admit I’m Scared
4. The Thunder Answered Back
5. Pocket Full Of Posies
7. Alone At The Party
9. A Hug Too Long
10. That’s OK
10/2 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right #
10/3 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College
10/5 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Downstairs) !
10/6 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs) !
10/7 Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo !
10/8 Toronto, ON @ The Smiling Buddah !
10/9 Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City #
10/10 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe !
10/11 Bloomington, IN @ The Blockhouse !
10/13 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean !
10/14 Gambier, OH @ The Horn Gallery
11/9 Harrisonburg, VA @ Clementine
11/10 Charlotte, NC @ The Station
11/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) *
11/12 Durham, NC @ Duke Coffee House *
10/13 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
10/14 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
12/17 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe %
12/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo %
12/19 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill %
12/20 Portland, OR @ Analog %
12/21 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon %
12/22 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt %
# w/ Told Slant
! w/ Girlpool and Told Slant
* w/ Girlpool and Alex G
% w/ Pity Sex and Colleen Green