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Songbyrd Presents: Bad Moves, Gabby's World, & Bellows

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Gabby's World, Bad Moves

Bellows

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Gabby's World

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.

Bellows

Bellows is the bedroom recording project of songwriter and producer Oliver Kalb. The sound of Bellows is sensory and delicate, subtle and quiet, but erupts with frantic wobbling drums, large orchestral sections and bursts of noise that push the conventions of pop and folk. Started in late 2010 in a bedroom in upstate New York, Bellows has since blossomed from a solo recording experiment into a large scale rock band, employing the help of friends to bring Kalb's intimate home recordings to life on stage in sweeping, loud, and intense performances.

Bad Moves

Bad Moves is four friends making upbeat power-pop about anxiety and identity, drawing on a sound that stretches from forbears like The Nerves and Cheap Trick to contemporary artists like Sheer Mag and Haim. After years knocking around the Washington, D.C. punk scene in bands of their own, guitarists Katie Park and David Combs, bassist Emma Cleveland and drummer Daoud Tyler-Ameen began playing together in 2015, with a few goals in mind: Songwriting would be collaborative, singing would be everyone's job and arrangements would be generously staggered, blending voices and ideas to avoid centering any one member.

On its self titled 2016 EP, the band explored bleak adulthood, writing about bad jobs, corrupt leaders, frustrated dreams and gentrifying cities. Tours of the US and UK with friends Jeff Rosenstock, Martha, Nana Grizol and The Spook School brought a widening fanbase and a sharpening sound, with new material that dug into the wilderness of childhood and how its lessons ripple out later in life. As anticipation grew for a full-length album, the band made a breakthrough appearance on the Cartoon Network's Craig of the Creek, voicing their animated selves in an episode about the show's lead characters putting on their first DIY concert.

Tell No One, released Sept. 21, 2018 on Don Giovanni records, is Bad Moves' debut LP: 12 songs about confronting old secrets and stumbling into self-discovery, wrapped in a sound that hometown weekly Washington City Paper calls "exuberant catharsis, the type of pop that makes you breathe deep and shout."

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