Gabby's World & Yowler
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Gabby’s World is the music and lyrical world-building project of Gabrielle Smith. Smithbegan making music in 2007, constructing songs and ambient soundscapes out ofexperimental aural building blocks. Over the years, Smith’s songwriting has matured,focusing in on her interest in folk melodic and lyrical traditions while also developing akeen pop sensibility. The resulting music, showcased in albums like 2015’s O.K.,carefully treads the dynamic lines between expansiveness and intimacy, with a sounddefined by emotional urgency and upbeat pop danceability. Lyrically, Smith’s songs arebaroque, drawing from themes more in line with the romantic poets than withcontemporary pop songwriters. Smith’s newest musical pseudonym Gabby’s Worldemerges after an extended hiatus and hibernation period in which Smith reevaluatedmany of her values and ideas about art. Beast on Beast, the first album under the nameGabby’s World, deepens and complicates the stakes of Smith’s work even further, andwill be released in late 2018.Beast on Beast was recorded live in summer 2017 at Gravesend Studios in Brooklyn,the studio space in the since closed Silent Barn DIY venue. Engineered and mixed byCarlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of the Brooklyn art-rock band Ava Luna, the albumcaptures the energetic live sound Smith has honed over the years with her band, agroup of three accomplished songwriters of their own right: Oliver Kalb of Bellows, FelixWalworth of Told Slant, and Jack Greenleaf of Sharpless. The album showcases theenergy and musical communication of the live band while simultaneously showcasingSmith’s skill as a string and harmony arranger, featuring layered and complex violinsections and choral harmony singing that evoke a full orchestra underlining andbolstering the band’s kinetic immediacy. Smith and Kalb produced the album over thecourse of fall 2017, adding layers of guitar noise and vocal harmonies, string and choralarrangements, and many musical contributions from friends, including Yoni Wolf ofWHY?, Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos, Luke Jenner of The Rapture, and Alex Bleekerof Real Estate.
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