10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Gardens & Villa

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 Ineman was brought on board for live shows to play keyboards and percussion. By the time of their next album, he was on board as a full-time member. 2014's dancier, more focused Dunes was produced by Tim Goldsworthy (late of the DFA team) and recorded at Michigan's Key Club studio. Amid persistent touring, Hayden left the band, and Ineman focused on percussion for their 2015 LP, Music for Dogs, a hooky and experimental post-punk brew produced by Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra). ~ Jason Lymangrover

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