Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of 90s Britpop of bands like Blur (borrowed from the 60s anyhow), and send it through an 80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. It's Spoon's 'Kill The Moonlight' lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, it's made just that right kind of sugary — though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.
In 2010, Gardens & Villa traveled to Oregon to record their debut with visionary, vibemaster and labelmate Richard Swfit. Together, they put some sand in the sheets of new wave ("Black Hills") and pop some translucent funk ("Orange Blossom"). There's also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose.
released July 5, 2011
Gardens & Villa are Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman.
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Each track is like hopping behind the wheel of an exotic sports car and driving through various environments... while becoming increasingly intoxicated. You keep hearing voices-- some kid calling you his future girlfriend. At the end of "Hi High," it drives you so mad that you go careening off a cliff and into the ocean. Luckily, in the final song, your vehicle transforms into a floating dance floor and friendly sea creatures hop aboard to party with you well into the night. goodchillhunting