GARDENS & VILLA

The crystalline, aha moment, if you can picture it, comes after a month of dogged recording in a converted warehouse in the middle of the bleak Midwest winter -- foreign and dissociative terrain for Gardens & Villa, whose members are more accustomed to the warm breezes and surf of their Santa Barbara, California, home. The recording situation itself couldn't have been more ideal for unbridled creativity, as G&V was locked away with acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, Hercules & Love Affair) and was given full access to gear-nerdery like Sly Stone's custom-built Flickinger recording console (used throughout There's a Riot Goin' On). However, the band had only left the studio space five times during the month, lost in a black hole of music-making. As their time with Goldsworthy drew to a close, with deadlines looming and personal woes creeping in, the band found themselves anxious, stressed out, sad. They needed a natural remedy -- an escape into the wilds of Michigan.

SC @ SXSW // Secretly Label Group Official SXSW Showcase Lineup + Band Schedules


Secretly Label Group SXSW Showcase

Friday March 14 at Red Eyed Fly – 715 Red River St. (Between 7th & 8th)

Outdoor Stage
Gardens & Villa: 1:00 – 1:50
Angel Olsen: 12:00 – 12:40
Woman’s Hour: 11:00 – 11:40
Mark McGuire: 10:00 – 10:40
Small Black: 9:00 – 9:40
Tomas Barfod DJ set feat. Nina K: 8:00 – 8:40

As SXSW gets busier every year, we like to provide you one place to see all of our bands and those on our sister labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar. This year on Friday March 14th, we’re posting up at Red Eyed Fly, between 7th and 8th St. on Red River St. where you can see Secretly Canadian artists Gardens & Villa, Tomas Barfod, and Woman’s Hour. No RSVP needed to get in, first come first serve.

Catch all three acts during the week at other showcases with their info below. Follow their respective FB/TW accounts for updated info as SXSW approaches.

Gardens & Villa

[Twitter / Facebook]
3/12 @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Jansport/Vice Party) 10pm
3/13 @ Swan Dive (Paste Party) 12:30pm
3/14 @ 2610 Rio Grande St (ReDefine Magazine party)
3/14 @ Red Eyed Fly (Secretly Label Group Party) 1am
3/15 @ Swan Dive (Lone Star Bash) 1:30pm
3/15 @ Cedar Street Courtyard (Filter Party) 4pm

Tomas Barfod DJ set feat. Nina K

[Twitter / Facebook]
3/13 @ Barcelona (Friends of Friends) TBD
3/14 @ Red Eyed Fly (Secretly Label Group) 8:00 PM
3/15 @ Hype Hotel (ISO50 + No Fear of Pop) 1:00 PM

Woman’s Hour

[Twitter / Facebook]
3/12 @ Palm Door [508 6th St.] 11:15 PM
3/13 @ Mohawk [Stereogum Party] 1:00 PM
3/13 @ Latitude 330 [British Music Embassy Showcase] 1:00 AM
3/14 @ Flamingo Cantina [Under The Radar showcase] 12:45 PM
3/14 @ Red Eyed Fly [Secretly Group Showcase] 11:00 PM

WATCH // Gardens & Villa Share New “Colony Glen” Video Via Stereogum, On Tour Now, ‘Dunes’ Out Now

If you missed it, Gardens & Villa‘s second album, Dunes came out a few weeks ago. The boys already graced us with a deadpan, VHS tinted video for “Bullet Train” via director Tony Katai, and today they share a new video for “Colony Glen”, the second song to get the video treatment from G&V’s newest album Dunes. This second 80′s inspired video is directed by Hans Lo who also created the band’s artwork for Dunes.

So push aside your copies of Blade Runner and Tron on Betamax and watch the new video above via Stereogum premiere or on Vevo / YouTube / Daily Motion.

On tour now supporting the new release, the boys have just announced additional shows including their first 2014 European dates supporting Broken Bells in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Click read more below to see all tour dates and ticket links.

If you haven’t already, get the band’s new album Dunes from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.
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WATCH // Gardens & Villa Share “Bullet Train” Video Via Spin, New European Dates With Broken Bells In March, On Tour Now



If you missed it, Gardens & Villa‘s second album, Dunes came out last week. Today via Spin premiere we share the band’s new music video for the new album’s first single, “Bullet Train”. Directed by Tony Katai, watch the appropriately retro VHS-fuzzy and trippy video above or on our YouTube page.

On tour now supporting the new release, the boys have just announced additional shows including their first 2014 European dates supporting Broken Bells in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Click read more below to see all tour dates and ticket links.

If you haven’t already, get the band’s new album Dunes from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.
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ALBUM RELEASE // Gardens & Villa’s ‘Dunes’ Out Now, US Tour Starts Friday



Gardens & Villa‘s second album, Dunes, is out today worldwide 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.

Listen to tracks “Bullet Train” and “Colony Glen” above or here on our Soundcloud.

Dunes is now available from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

Early reviews on Dunes:

“Goldsworthy has built a stratum of battered, creaky atmosphere atop Gardens & Villa’s already richly layered mood”

- SLANT Magazine | ★★★★

“Ultimately, Dunes is a collection of tracks which showcases Gardens & Villa’s distinctly original twist on the well-worn and much abused genre of synth-pop. It’s fun, it’s clever and it’s mature–electro-pop for adults.”

- The Line Of Best Fit

“Compared to their debut album, Dunes marks a step up in the band’s sound.”

THE 405

Click read more to see US tour dates starting on Friday.
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AUDIO

Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

12/13/14
Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

See all upcoming shows

AGENT CONTACT

US:
Highroad Touring
Zachary Cepin
e: zachary@highroadtouring.com

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com