June 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Eskimeaux – O.K.

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Eskimeaux
O.K.
Double Double Whammy
Street: 05.12
Eskimeaux = (Alvvays + The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart) x Frankie Cosmos

What do you get when you combine hazy, transcendental vocals atop dreamy, bedroom-pop instrumentals? You get Eskimeaux—the next generation of ethereal pop. On the surface, O.K. seems happy enough—there is plenty of bubbly orchestration and sugary, crisp vocals. But beneath its pop exterior lies an extremely heartfelt and emotional core, one that details deep despair and longing. What keeps me from tears is Gabrielle Smith’s calm, positive outlook toward her tragedy, although lines like “Nothing in this world is holier than friendship,” will challenge you not to tear up. Use this album to get over a breakup sans the self-pity. –Allison Shephard

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