Gardens & Villa announced today that their second album, Dunes, will be released February 4 on Secretly Canadian.
The five members of the band, Adam Rasmussen, Chris Lynch, Dusty Ineman, Levi Hayden and Shane McKillop, left their hometown and base of sunny Santa Barbara to record with Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, Hercules & Love Affair) at Key Club, a converted locksmith’s building in Benton Harbor, MI. Ripped out of their usual environment into a cold midwestern locale, the band finds a new voice on Dunes. The band brings their catchy rhythms and bold synth lines from previous records but continues developing a richer sound now experimenting with unique gear including Sly Stone‘s custom-built Flickinger recording console and direction from Goldsworthy.
Get out of your chair, on your feet, and hear their new lead single “Bullet Train” that includes what Stereogum calls “the catchiest flute hook I’ve heard since I honestly can’t remember” above, on YouTube, or on our Soundcloud.
Click read more to watch the trailer for Dunes, and read more about the new record including the album art and track list.
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Two fantastic bands are pairing up for a fall tour and they just happen to be Gardens and Villa and Mom + Pop’s latest signee, Polica. To celebrate, Gardens and Villa have taken on Polica’s “The Maker,” offering a splendid, dance-worthy remix. It’s impossible to listen to this track and not dream up thoughts of how great this tour is going to be. You’ll be moving from start to finish. Stream “The Maker” below!
In addition to dates with Polica, Gardens & Villa make stops at Musicfest NW, KBZT’s Independence Jam (where they’ll share the bill with Fiona Apple), Counterpoint Festival in Atlanta and Austin City Limits in October. See full list of dates at end of post! Read the rest of this entry »
Today, Paste Magazine premiered Gardens & Villa’s new cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy” and it is fantastic. Slowed down and infused with the sounds we’ve come to know G&V for, “Gypsy” deserves a good listen or five. Throw this one on at your next summer BBQ or late night hang and you’re bound to be the coolest cat at the party. The original track appeared on 1983′s Mirage, while the cover is for the compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, set for release in August. Antony, The Kills, Lykke Li, MGMT, Washed Out and Best Coast are just a handful of other artists who are on the covers album. Find out more HERE.
“When we were approached to record a version of ‘Gypsy’ for the compilation we were all for it, as most of the guys in the band have an intimate connection with the music of Fleetwood Mac. It’s sensitive and timeless. It was a beautiful experience. We’re really thankful for this opportunity.” – Adam Rasmussen
In a matter of days, Gardens & Villa will embark on a North American tour, sharing dates with both The Shins and Fanfarlo. Not only will be you be able to see the boys in various venues across the country, but also at some of the major festivals happening this year. After a stint at the Snowball Music Festival, the boys will head to perform at 35 Denton Festival, SXSW, Coachella, and finally end their tour with Sasquatch!
Holed up in Portland, OR for the last month, Gardens & Villa just finished recording their new EP with label-mate, Richard Swift. “‘I feel like we’re in some kind of Lost Boys hideout,’ says vocalist/guitarist Chris Lynch.” You can read more about their Portland stay in Sunlight through the Blinds: Gardens & Villa Heed Bridgetown’s Beckon. Read the rest of this entry »