Eskimeaux has no kisses for you

Tuesday March 29, 2016 10:36 am EDT
Brooklyn's Gabrielle Smith makes cute music with a bite.

GEAUX, ESKIMEAUX: Brooklyn's Gabrielle Smith makes cute music with a bite.
Photo credit: Richard Gin
Gabrielle Smith records under the Eskimeaux pseudonym, crafting emotive lo-fi pop steeped in tenderness. Last year's full-length, O.K., dropped on Double Double Whammy to high critical praise, enrapturing writers and normal people alike with Smith's highly intimate lyrics and sparse instrumentation. The album's "I Admit I'm Scared" feels borderline voyeuristic with confessional lyrics like, "Everything I think should be buried in the ground," tittering among golden, stringy reeds. "The Thunder Answered Back" twists a similar diary entry vibe, stacking feminine, eggshell-thin vocals like a fragile audio canoe, set out to sail on raucous bass drum waves.
embed-1Currently Smith prepares to release Year of the Rabbit for its April 15 debut (also on Whammy). One of the singles from that offering, "WTF," hints at angrier material — mostly pointed at relationships in all their flaming trash pile nature ("What the fuck is a kiss anyway?"). Though despite potentially more aggressive content, Smith keeps the soft, accessible Eskimeaux sound on pat ... which is nice, since, well, it's very possible to be both pissed off and adorable at the same time.

Eskimeaux plays with Frankie Cosmos and Anna McClellan at the Masquerade Wed., April 6. $10. 7 p.m. 695 North Ave. N.E. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.

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