GABBY'S WORLD | YOWLER
with Emperor Plum
Downstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM
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Saturday January 19, 2019
Gabby’s World is the music and lyrical world-building project of Gabrielle Smith. Smith began making music in 2007, constructing songs and ambient soundscapes
out of experimental 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 a keen pop sensibility. The resulting music, showcased in albums like 2015’s O.K., carefully treads the dynamic lines
between expansiveness and intimacy, with a sound defined by emotional urgency and upbeat pop danceability. Lyrically, Smith's songs are baroque, drawing
from themes more in line with the romantic poets than with contemporary pop songwriters. Smith’s newest musical pseudonym Gabby’s World emerges after
an extended hiatus and hibernation period in which Smith reevaluated many of her values and ideas about art. Beast on Beast , the first album under
the name Gabby’s World, deepens and complicates the stakes of Smith’s work even further, and will 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 by Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader of the Brooklyn art-rock band Ava Luna, the album captures the energetic live sound Smith has honed
over the years with her band, a group of three accomplished songwriters of their own right: Oliver Kalb of Bellows, Felix Walworth of Told Slant, and
Jack Greenleaf of Sharpless. The album showcases the energy and musical communication of the live band while simultaneously showcasing Smith's skill
as a string and harmony arranger, featuring layered and complex violin sections and choral harmony singing that evoke a full orchestra underlining
and bolstering the band's kinetic immediacy. Smith and Kalb produced the album over the course of fall 2017, adding layers of guitar noise and vocal
harmonies, string and choral arrangements, and many musical contributions from friends, including Yoni Wolf of WHY?, Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos,
Luke Jenner of The Rapture, and Alex Bleeker of Real Estate.
Yowler is centered around the songwriting of Maryn Jones, who comes from many places but currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. While spending most of her time fronting the energetic and pop-driven rock outfit All Dogs and touring as a multi-instrumentalist in the indie/psych-folk collective Saintseneca, Jones uses Yowler as an outlet to write and record songs from home in the quieter, more solitary parts of the year. Her debut effort, The Offer, was released in March of 2015 on Brooklyn-based label Double Double Whammy. On The Offer, Jones uses distant sounding guitars, heavily effected synths, and bell-like vocals layered with wispy harmonies to paint a picture of a vast somberness and self-reflection. The songs are below-the-surface ruminations about the things we don’t always know how to talk about to each other.
Emperor Plum is the dream pop project of Kenza S, Lillian Hunter, and Nikhil Rao. The three DC residents formed the band after a chance encounter on a swampy summer night. With backgrounds in indie-pop, shoegaze, and post-punk, the trio channels vintage soundscapes, earnest melodies, and intimate vocal performances that evoke feelings of an unknown nostalgia. Following their recently released demos “Why’s Your Body” and “Eyes & Lungs,” Emperor Plum will drop their first full length album, Elderly Youth, in spring of next year.