Eskimeaux

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Atum Bom Spacious, haunting & reflective. A beautiful album, extra points for the name change. Favorite track: Your Fire Arms.
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Gavin Hellyer She's a remarkable artist I feel. The moods swing often yet sometimes so imperceptably that you find yourself in a dark but comfortable place before you know you've even got there. The darkness doesn't last long though because this music is so very, very beautiful and I highly recommend it to you. Please have a listen. Favorite track: Bear-strength.
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Did you know that this album has been re-released on cassette by BLIGHT. Records? Go get one now at http://blightrecords.bandcamp.com!

Eskimeaux is the re-realized iteration of the previous collection of demos, Ixsixán. Originally written in 2009, these songs were given ample time to ruminate and be re-worked into the sonically cohesive, fully formed, calcified and crystallized songs that they are today. Eskimeaux is the second truly collaborative, now high-fidelity product of the duo. The album is going to be released digitally by Human Kindness Overflowing and as a cassette tape on BLIGHT. Records.

"Comparing this to their earlier works, vocalist Gabrielle Smith receives company of a faint, but significally more computer-based production, in many ways like an isolated child of Hundred Waters, but sulked in a more organic, almost anatomical tonal structure."
- No Fear Of Pop

"Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr create haunting, atmospheric electronic music."
- Prefix

"Gabrielle Smith's voice is "pitch perfect charming meets delicate meets highly trained/easily agreeable with most listeners". Every tone that comes out of her mouth sounds eternally endearing and honest. Benjamin Schurr's sampling, beats, back-up vocals/other instrumentation gives this record an incredibly unique approach to "modern Indie Folk" music. Them together brings to mind Vashti Bunyan meets Current 93, maybe T. Reznor.."
- Everything Is Chemical

"...stuttering percussion like the hammering of typewriter mixes with ghostly guitar, feathery lead vocals of Smith, a scratchy white noise, before blossoming into eerie and heavenly backing vocals. It’s a perfect balance of tension and refinement."
- Their Bated Breath
theirbatedbreath.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/eskimeaux/

"Eskimeaux is a shrine to quiet exploration."
- Elizabeth Gunto, Philadelphia City Paper
www.citypaper.net/music/2012-11-29-recommended-new-releases.html

"The album’s production is layered and lush, while maintaining a sense of sparseness. A lot happens under the surface of every track. ...There are worlds within each track to be gathered."
- Kitty Sneezes
kittysneezes.com/2012/12/03/review-eskimeaux/

"ESKIMEAUX is one of the most unique music producers I have come across over the past year and it’s exciting to think about where their artistic vision will take them in the foreseeable future."
- Through My Headphones
www.throughmyheadphones.com/eskimeaux/

"This Philidelphian dreamwave duo serves up some of the finest gothic sound since the early days of 4AD. ... One of the finest cassette releases of 2012"
- HALF-GIFTS
half-gifts.blogspot.com/2012/11/review-eskimeaux-eskimeaux.html

Human Kindness Overflowing (humankindnessoverflowing.bandcamp.com) is a charitable label based out of Philadelphia. When you purchase this album from Human Kindness Overflowing, 50% of the profits go to feeding people in need through Philabundance. For every $2 you spend, you are purchasing four meals. To download this album, go to humankindnessoverflowing.bandcamp.com.

BLIGHT. Records is a new cassette label started this year, 2012, by Benjamin Schurr and Gabrielle Smith. It is meant to be a meeting place and a vehicle for aesthetically like-minded, noise-inspired musicians and artists. Eskimeaux (self-titled) is the first release on BLIGHT.

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released November 7, 2012

Lyrics by Gabrielle Smith
Music and production by Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr
Mastered by Ali Jaafar
Guest appearances by Darian Scatton (harmonium, harp), Stella Jones (clarinet), Sean Elligers (trumpet), and Steve Yankou (cello)
Recorded by Gabrielle Smith and Benjamin Schurr at Hollywood BLIGHT. in Philadelphia, PA in 2012

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Eskimeaux is the songwriting and production project of Gabrielle Smith. The live Eskimeaux band is Gabrielle Smith, Oliver Kalb, Felix Walworth, and Jack Greenleaf.

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For booking inquiries, contact ghorbal@apa-agency.com

For press inquiries, contact eloyl@grandstandhq.com

photo by Andrew Piccone (thishasgottostop.net)
banner photo by Sarah Cass (sarahcass.com)
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Track Name: Untitled, Part I
Eskimeaux, your eyes are bigger than your heart
the knife scrapes where you thought
there was more to spread
you're ignoring your heart of hearts
you won't learn to walk
but you'll dive into the deepest river
scared and never alone
you're there, bare and trembling
swear under your breath
you're a prisoner of your bedroom
every shoulder's already wet
and no one wants to hear
the same story again
fortify your heavy chest
run away out west where no one will know you
scared and never alone
you're there, bare and trembling
swear under your breath
you're a prisoner of your bedroom
silently creeping out the door
trying to find warmth in another bed
you should be cold and alone
you have brought this one too close to home
Track Name: Trinkets
Thumbing my igloo and grasping my snail
my hands in my pockets, my body feeling frail
I guess I had hoped that even in your flight
you'd leave me with something
you'd leave your ghost behind
Then I mistook the wind in my hair
for your mouth in my mouth, I thought you were really there
I guess I'd hoped that even in your flight
you'd leave me with something
you'd leave your ghost behind
Track Name: Angels, Angels
Wings pressed up against you
tucked between the sheets
little angel reprobate
you were built to break me
Feathers falling from you
are all that I can take
bones of solid marble
none that I could ever break
wings pressed up against you
between the messy sheets
little angel reprobate
you were built to break me
Track Name: Your Fire Arms
Westward, the sky set aflame
as the last gasp of warmth was breathed by the dying day
our cheeks reflected rosy against the sky
and the horizon lay broken as a feast before our eyes
but my antlers will become apparent
as the jealousy will infect the meat adorning our bones
our eyes will remain evasive
I guess I'll only know your shape when my eyes are closed
In the dark you couldn't see it
but as my bones almost met your healthy body at the knee
my rosy cheeks weren't just reflections
and the hairs on my arms fought to stand up through my fleece
that night the sky seemed closer than ever
as the constellations cried hot streams of momentary light
though I was warm inside our secrets
as our breath cut hotly through the cold November night
and I'll stay warm inside those secrets
and my palms will perspire when I think about your eyes
but my antlers will become apparent
as the jealousy will infect the marrow deep inside our bones
as our eyes will remain evasive
I guess I'll only know your shape when my eyes are closed
Track Name: Vos Es Verum
I thought I was open to anything
but I was not looking for anything
and I know you are the truth
it weaves through your hairs
they are dark
they are light
they weave left
they weave right
and they are mostly golden
I would stretch two cans
I would stretch the longest string
from filth to Virginia
just to hear everything you could ever say
because everything you could ever say is mostly golden
Track Name: Littoral Lullaby
The fog over Newark holds hands with the frosting
of winter that lingers and sings through my lips
the car glides so harshly to punish the pavement
mocking The Garden State
Now I see your icy eyes, they are fixed
stiff balloons in your head betwixt
the pillow and my bony hips
you can find me out in a towel
with my eyebrows furrowed and shivering
thinking, "My god, I am spread so terribly thin"
The driver is speeding
New Jersey is bleeding
but all I can see are daydreams of what you'll be
your nostrils are flaring
your wild eyes are blaring
and Br'er is staring at you
your music is covering my eyes like a child would
and watery faces are swimming and drowning
your features are branded in my state of static
as you melodramatically pour into me
Now I see your thoughts written across your cheeks
your eyes darting all around the street
escape routes in every nook and cranny
you can find me under a towel
with my eyebrows furrowed and shivering
thinking, "My god, I am spread so terribly thin"
Track Name: Bear-strength
Your heart, deep and wide
like the moon shifts my tides
and your voice, river-deep
touched my skillfully
you found me spiraling charybdically
covered head to feet in ash and grief
While we won't watch winter struggling
in the jaws of the spring
we won't falter or flee
'cause all we are is we
All your sadnesses resound
and all your fears are grounded
because your tears become heaven's clouds
and salt the surf to which you're bound
While we won't watch winter struggling
in the jaws of the spring
we won't falter or flee
'cause all we are is we
Though you don your father's name
it does everything but define you
because your skin, it enrobes
your mother's warm and solid bones
While we won't watch winter struggling
in the jaws of the spring
we won't falter or flee
'cause all we are is we
Track Name: Curses
A curse lies on your body, nestled in your throat
keeping you in hospitals
keeping you alone
A curse lies on my body, nestled in my heart
keeping me in New York
keeping us apart
My stomach's in my chest
what I'd give to rest on yours
my heart beats in my throat
and it resonates your shaking bones
Maybe I thought a kiss could lift the curse and still your bones
but the detail I had missed
was that I still had my own to lift
And if I could rip my skin off from my determined frame
I'd unearth my healthy body in service to your failing limbs
I'd fill you with my meat and sinew
and taking root they'd fill you in
and you would grow so brave and strong
your throat would fill with songs
Maybe it would be the same, but at least you would have me to blame
and your sickness will be broken
and you'll never be alone