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This California quintet headed to Michigan to experience a Midwestern winter and work with former DFA member and acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy at his Key Club studio, where inside a converted locksmith’s building in Benton Harbor sits enough vintage musical gear to encourage soulful results. Sly Stone’s custom-built Flickinger recording console warms up the many synth sounds that serve as counterpoint to Christopher Lynch’s falsetto vocals, which dare to harsh the optimistic pop grooves of “Bullet Train” with an existentialism best left for songs like “Chrysanthemums” and the gorgeous “Purple Mesas,” where the waters are more temperate for such transgressions. Said to having left the studio only a handful of times during their month of recording, G&V got their money’s worth. The atmospheres and sonic perfectionism of “Domino,” “Colony Glen," and the playful “Avalanche” nail a lightness of being that’s well-balanced by the piano-based “Minnesota,” which was only a few states away, of course.

Customer Reviews

Very unique sound

Depeche Mode mixed with new order. A departure from the sounds that made the last album great but still very good. Bullet train is the best song on the album so far..

Wholly Magic

Mesmerizing, captivating, seductive, seething brilliant magical genius.

Dedication

Classic follow up. This album moves slick through progressive soundscapes that will carry you along for an enjoyable ride. Best group to come out of my hometown hands down IMHO. My only disappointment is that I'm left wishing for more. Great job GandV

Biography

Formed: 2008 in Santa Barbara, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In 2008, synth-driven indie pop group Gardens & Villa formed in Santa Barbara, California. With an album's worth of sugary, celebratory tunes under their belt, guitarist Christopher Lynch, keyboardist Adam Rasmussen, bassist Shane McKillop, and drummer Levi Hayden traveled to Oregon to record their self-titled debut. Gardens & Villa was completed over the course of two weeks under the supervision of Secretly Canadian labelmate Richard Swift, and released in the summer of 2011. Around this time, Dustin...
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