Bay Area electronic roundup: new releases from Elephant and Castle, Eskmo, and James & Evander
September 30, 2010
Written by Ben Van Houten
Man does not (or at least, need not) live by rock and roll alone. Below are selections from three rising local electronic artists with recent or upcoming releases. What’s more, all three have shows in the Bay during October.
The Analogue EP is the first release from Oakland’s Elephant and Castle, who celebrates the EP’s release at the Totally Intense Fractal Mind Gaze Hut on October 3rd with White Hinterland and Beep. Musician/engineer David Reep is the man behind the project’s glitchy, sample-driven electronic soul. In case he’s not busy enough, Reep’s also the founder of Third Culture Records, which has released music by Man/Miracle, Butterfly Bones, Foxtails Brigade, Judgement Day, The Soft White Sixties and James & Evander.
Eskmo is SF-by-way-of-CT’s Brendan Angelides, whose self-titled debut album comes out October 19th on Ninja Tune. “Cloudlight” is massive, wobbly music, a quasi-metallic slice of slowed-down pop aided by Angelides’ emotive but understated vocals. Eskmo performs as part of a free Ninja Tune XX anniversary show at 1015 Folsom on October 29th.
Oakland production duo James & Evander recently released their latest collection of instrumental electronic pop, an EP called Sunlight & Circuitry. The EP’s billed as “weedwave, the stonier more introspective cousin of chillwave,” and the duo are playing on October 5th at Amoeba in Berkeley.
After the jump, a link to download “Come Back” from Eskmo, as well as all of his upcoming tour dates.
Eskmo Upcoming Tour Dates
Fri | 10-15-2010 Santa Cruz CA The Catalyst Club
Sat | 10-16-2010 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen
Thu | 10-21-2010 New Orleans LA The Republic
Fri | 10-22-2010 Portland OR Rotture
Sat | 10-23-2010 St. Louis MO Koken Art Factory
Tue | 10-26-2010 Burlington VT CLUB METRONOME
Wed | 10-27-2010 Allston MA Wonder Bar
Thu | 10-28-2010 New York NY Santo’s Party House*
Fri | 10-29-2010 San Francisco CA 1015 Folsom*
Sat | 10-30-2010 Los Angeles CA Echo / Echoplex*
November 12, 2010 | Edmonton, AB @ The Pawn Shop
November 13, 2010 | Calgary, AB @ Royal Canadian Legion
*NINJA TUNE XX ANNIVERSARY EVENT