Gabrielle Smith is looking back.
"2011: The Year of the Rabbit," she prefaces her latest release as Esmkimeaux. "I am feeling good/ Are you mad?" Her ethereal vocals are light as air, and yet her words are like a deliberate punch to the stomach.
Smith's delicate voice blankets Year Of The Rabbit, Eskimeaux's new EP grounded in sparse, shimmering backgrounds, near-perfect pop sensibilities, and, perhaps most importantly, a sense of humor.
“Wish I could love you less like a praying mantis/ Rip your head off every time this starts to feel right," Smith croons on the cool, swaying "Power." Later, on "Bulldog," she's ruminating on the passing of time while comparing herself to "a bulldog in a white wedding dress."
Year Of The Rabbit balances isolation and connection, love and loss, light and dark -- and the beauty of finding everything that lies in between. Through its six nimble tracks, Smith assesses the curious dynamic between herself and herself, herself and others, herself and the world.
"What the fuck is this feeling?" she asks on the aptly titled "WTF." Um, same.
Stream the magical Year Of The Rabbit, out April 15 via Double Double Whammy, in its entirety below.
Upcoming Eskimeaux Tour Dates:
4/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
4/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
4/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
4/15 - San Diego, CA @ Che Café
4/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
4/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
4/20 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
4/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
4/23 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
4/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
4/26 - Madison, WI @ High Noon
4/27 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/28 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
4/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project
4/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
5/1 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel
5/6 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge
5/12 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
5/13 - Providence, RI @ Aurora