mp3: "Power" - Eskimeaux

Photo: Richard Gin

Photo: Richard Gin

Words: Jordan Gorsuch

Singer/Songwriter Gabrielle Smith is part of a blooming group of artists based in-and-around Brooklyn; her solo project Eskimeaux made a strong case for her being an invaluable member of the independent-driven group with the stunning debut album O.K. last year.

Assumedly Smith is not one to rest on her laurels and is set to release her mini-album Year of the Rabbit on April 15, she even dropped a deliciously devious single to coincide with the announcement. “Power” is an aptly titled track focused on the inherent dynamic found in relationships. With all the perks of being in a committed, loving relationship, there are huge sacrifices. Amidst those personal sacrifices is giving up a part of your individuality. You are bonded to someone, and you start to pick up on some of their characteristics and vice-versa. “Wish I could love you less like a praying mantis/ Rip your head off every time this starts to feel right” Smith croons in the beginning statement of the song. She is struggling with relinquishing some of the power and dignity that can be found in solitude. Her individuality makes her powerful, singular, and perhaps not so small. “You can be so anti-social/ And I can just be terrible” Smith admits, reflecting on their faults. She loves her partner, but she is not scared of what comes next. This song is a celebration of attempts at love, the warm moments shared between bodies; while also doubling as sobering itching for the next, fresh chapter. Year Of The Rabbit is out 4/15 via Double Double Whammy. Pre-order it here.

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Photos: Thee Oh Sees with POW! and mind meld at Non Plus Ultra (2/13/16)