SOL out now on Apollo Records
VIDEO: Eskmo – “Mind of War” (Dir. by Dillon Markey) –
Photo by Trevor Traynor
Eskmo has shared an amazing stop-motion video for “Mind of War,” which is available for viewing over at NPR. The video was directed by Robot Chicken’s Dillon Markey using a Nintendo Power Glove and was fully improvised, partially using live audience participation of those who wandered into the shoot at MAMA Gallery in Los Angeles. The video was shot over the course of 14 hours in which 4,606 photos were taken. “Mind of War” is off Eskmo’s new album, SOL, which was released yesterday by Apollo Records.
Eskmo also recently announced some U.S. shows (listed in full below) and will be playing next week in Los Angeles with a 20 piece ensemble as party of Echo Society.
Apollo Records is proud to present SOL, the highly anticipated second album from Los Angeles based producer / composer Eskmo AKA Brendan Angelides. Inspired by our life giving planetary body, SOL is a masterful meditation on human emotional plane as effected by planetary bodies. Angelides has delivered perhaps his strongest musical statement yet.
He explains; “My urge was to create an album whose main characters were the Sun, Moon and Earth and how they all play a roll in the perfect simple life of a perfectly imperfect human. Each track within their peaks and valleys plays a specific role in the narrative. My last album was more monotone, sound design focused and emotionally protected. I strove for more on this one.”
Written, produced and recorded over the course of a year on the Eastside of Los Angeles in his home studio, SOL‘s epic grandeur bears the traces of Angelides’s recent work composing orchestral pieces for live performance with the LA based Echo Society. It weaves in the dulcet tones of a live string ensemble into the many textured layers of some compositions, as well as field recordings from locations across the US: LA, Redwood groves in Northern California, Yosemite and perhaps most memorably, in Costa Rica during a 7 day medicinal retreat.
That pivotal retreat as well as a trip to the pyramids and temples of Cairo, Egypt, a 10 day silent meditation retreat in the desert of Joshua Tree and a handful of Native American ceremonies shaped the celestial-meets-earth tone of the work. The intimacy and heartfelt qualities of SOL immediately call to mind contemporaries such as Jon Hopkins, Apparat and Matthew Dear- as well as the historic likes of early Peter Gabriel, Arthur Russell and Fred Frith amongst others.
From the moody cinematic opening of “SpVce” and exhaling synth melodies of “Combustion,” to the touching delicacy of the watery ballad “Blue And Grey” to the tromping existential digi-funk of “Mind Of War,” the heartbreaking piano paen of “Tamara,” to the snarling drone saturation of the title track, to the beaming, epic euphoria of “The Sun Is A Drum” it’s clear that this is a record that is a truly cinematic experience.
Street Date: March 3, 2015
3. Blue and Grey
7. The Light of One Thousand Furnaces
8. Feed Fire
10. Can’t Taste
3/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Vibiana (w/ Echo Society 20 piece ensemble) ^
4/15 – San Francisco, CA – Public Works
4/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Hi Fi
5/13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
5/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
5/31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater *
^ w/ Amon Tobin, Deru, Judson Crane, Nathan Johnson, Rob Simonsen, etc.
* w/ Bassnectar, Lindsay Lowend, Nightmares on Wax