Journey inside Eskimeaux‘s new single from droning demo to sparkling pop.
Released last week, “Broken Necks” is the first official single from Brooklyn pop outfit Eskimeaux’s debut full length O.K. It has taken awhile for the song to reach the ethereal, bubbling heights you hear in the version above, a transformation directly related to the bands growth. Starting as the prolific, demo-producing solo project of Gabrielle Smith, the band changed genres and members a number of times before comfortably settling as the pop four piece of Smith joined by Bellows’ Oliver Kalb, Told Slant’s Felix Walworth, and Sharpless’ Jack Greenleaf.
The new version of “Broken Necks” is bursting with life. It is a hopeful and progressive look at the ending of a close and confusing relationship, easing along with an intimate delicacy bolstered by intricate synths, drums, and guitars. Cacophonous and unrefined, it’s original form below is everything a demo should be: clouded, imaginative, and personal. You can hear the same brilliance shining and Smith’s gentle croon floating underneath a quiet mess of manufactured noise.
Learn more about Eskimeaux’s evolving iterations, her/their songwriting process, and love for Tegan and Sara and Taylor Swift in this interview. O.K. will be out May 12 on the infallible Double Double Whammy.