Brendan Angelides, better known by his stage name Eskmo, is an American electronic music producer. His career has touched many genres of electronic music. He has released music on record labels such as Ninja Tune, Planet Mu, and Warp Records, as well as founding and releasing on his own label, Ancestor. A significant work of his is the song "Cloudlight", which had its own music video, starring himself. In a 2010 review, rock music critic Robert Christgau credited Eskmo with "Just the kind of weird background music that's guaranteed to engross whenever you lend it both ears."
In 2002 he released his first piece of vinyl with the NYC / Connecticut based breaks label Downbeat. From 2005 until 2008 he released vinyl singles on UK labels Cyberfunk, Vertical Sound, Mechanoise and Bassrock. In 2009 he decided to create his own label "Ancestor" to break free of the creative constraints of smaller dance oriented labels. His first releases on this imprint were the "Hypercolor" EP and "Agnus Dei". He soon after released the single "Let Them Sing / From the Standpoint" on the UK based imprint Planet Mu.
This same year he opened for Amon Tobin at a NASA space hanger in Mountainview California at an event honoring Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. The pair became friends throughout the year and started a collaborative musician outfit called "Eskamon". In 2010 they released a single entitled "Fine Objects" along with a custom made free bank of foley sounds they recorded in Northern California. In 2010 he also released two pieces of vinyl on Warp Records, the first entitled "Lands and Bones" which featured the female vocalist Swan and the other a remix the Bibio track "Dwrcan."
Angelides' self-titled album, Eskmo, was released on Ninja Tune in 2010. BBC Music said of the album "..Sufficient mind-melting invention here - prior reference points or otherwise - to render Eskmo a hotter property than that chilly moniker might immediately imply." This material was toured heavily throughout the states and Europe during 2011 and 2012. He released the Language EP on Ancestor in 2012, and followed it a few months later in 2013 with the "Terra" EP. .
In December 2013 he composed a song for a ten piece chamber ensemble called "Polar Bear and Blackbirds" and performed it live in Los Angeles with the ensemble at the Echo Society's first gathering. The Echo Society is a Los Angeles based collective of composers, musicians and artists who gathered together to present new works merging classical and electronic styles. Aside from the special guests of each installment, some of the other core members include Joe Trapanese, Rob Simonsen, Ben Wynn, Judson Crane, Nathan Johnson and Jeremy Zuckerman.
A new full length album for 2014 has been hinted towards on the Eskmo Facebook page.
Angelides was raised in a small town in Connecticut, which is located on the East Coast of the United States. He has often spoken fondly, in retrospect, of growing up in a fairly rural environment as a sort of incubator that helped him focus on crafting his sound.
In 2005 he visited England for the first time on a month long backpacking trip where stopped throughout the UK including the historic nightclub Fabric in London, Chalice Well gardens in Glastonbury and The Isle of Skye in Scotland. This all shifted his perspective on music. In 2006 he moved from Connecticut to San Francisco for the "Landscapes, culture, music, food, quirkiness and open ended creative vibe."
In August, 2011 he announced his move from San Francisco to the Eastside of Los Angeles in California.