Eskimeaux is the project of Epoch collective member Gabrielle Smith and last year, they released a beautiful album, O.K. that made it on to our top ten list at the end of the year. Now following the album, she’s released an EP of 6 songs that feels like the perfect bridging point between the album and whatever’s next.
The album open ups with “Year of the Rabbit” that features Greta Kline AKA Frankie Cosmos, who just dropped an amazing album earlier this month, and it’s a fast based song with duet vocals that really starts out the EP running and reacquaints us with Eskimeaux along with showing us some new elements to the album.
“What the Fuck” is a song that asks all the important questions in the simplest way, “What the Fuck?”. It’s a simple statement but Eskimeaux shows that it’s one we ask over and over again to tons of different questions. In the song, Smith uses it to ponder her feelings in a way that the listener can relate to because of the simple statement, “What the fuck?”.
Third on the EP is the song “Power” and it’s a song that really purveys so much emotion and well, power, through the lyrics. The chorus is catchy and the instrumentation is fun and upbeat. It’s one of my favorite songs on the EP.
As we cross the halfway point on the EP, “Drunk” really bridges the first half of the EP to second and it’s probably my favorite song on the EP. Instrumentally, there’s a lot going on and it fits together perfectly and at one point it all drops out, leaving Smith and only a lone synth and it’s truly a powerful moment.
“Bulldog” is a soft song that is full of beautiful vocals and beautiful guitar. It’s an intimate song that’s only a a minute and a little over a half long but it still is a minute of pure bliss. My only complaint about the song is that I wish it’d last longer than it does.
The last track on the EP, “Sleeping Bear”, is one of my favorites on the album and it really deserves that title. It really wraps the EP all together in the end along with still being a great, catchy, upbeat track that keeps the listener having fun and not mourning the EP coming to an end.
Eskimeaux have perfected the formula of mixing personal lyrics with poppy music and they do it so beautifully. The new EP proves this even more; the lyrics are as personal and filled with struggle along with friendship and I think that really sums up Eskimeaux well.
OVERALL, YEAR OF THE RABBIT GETS A 7/10
SEE ESKIMEAUX IN A CITY NEAR YOU:
All shows with Frankie Cosmos
*^Sat-Apr-16 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
^Mon-Apr-18 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe and Theater
^Wed-Apr-20 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
^Thu-Apr-21 Boise, ID @ El Korah Shrine
^Fri-Apr-22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Post Theater
^Sat-Apr-23 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
^Mon-Apr-25 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
^Tue-Apr-26 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
^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
^Sun-May-01 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
* = with Anna McClellan
^ = with Yowler