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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.

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Freaking Amazing!!!

I absolutely love this album! It is transcendental! At night, adventure to the highest point in your city and listen to "Minnesota" while stargazing and you'll agree too! Or jam out to "Thunder Glove" as you drive out into the night. Throw an awesome paint or dance party while listening to "Domino" with your hippie friends. Plus, you can twerk to "Bullet Train" I promise! Finally, "Purple Mesas" will have you daydreaming about all the lovers you left behind. Seriously, this album is amazing! Gardens & Villa, you never cease to amaze me.


I'm so excited for this album to come out! I love gardens and villa so much


Colony glen, bullet train, domino, purple mesas... will keep you coming back for more___ actually the whole album will


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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