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.

Gardens & Villa Daytrotter Session, Deluxe Edition on iTunes

Gardens & Villa swung by Rock Island, IL (neither a rock nor an island) to record a Daytrotter session that is full of magic. The new live tracks include a cover of Little Dragon’s “Runabout” that will surprise you with all its various textures and creative instrumentation as well as an extra-synthy “Spacetime,” “Cruise Ship,” “Thorn Castles” with plenty of flue accents, and the now-classic “Orange Blossom.” The deluxe edition of their self-titled album is now available on iTunes. This version comes with new cover art, remixes from GAYNGS and Richard Swift as well as bonus track “Hailey” and videos for “Spacetime” and “Black Hills.” Cop it now.

Gardens & Villa on The Wild Honeypie

 

The Wild Honey Pie Presents: Gardens & Villa – Orange Blossom

Gardens & Villa stopped in to The Wild Honeypie while they were in NYC a few weeks ago to record a live session for the Honey, I’m Home series. They brought out new versions of “Orange Blossom” (above) and “Black Hills” jammy enough to spread on your morning toast. Don’t miss out on what are essentially the G&V Stax Sessions – gorgeously layered coco vibes taking over your headspace.

Gardens & Villa play “Orange Blossom” live on Yours Tru.ly

Gardens & Villa met up with the Yours Tru.ly crew in San Francisco earlier this spring to tape this acoustic version of their single “Orange Blossom.” Using a glockenspiel, a baby grand piano and a cajon (box drum) along with their signature bansuri flutes, the band transforms the song into a blissed-out twinkly jam. Be sure to catch them on tour now before they head to Europe later this month.

Gardens & Villa Flutes Rock, and We Have Proof

As you may know, Gardens & Villa have a few new remixes floating around, and we celebrated with a limited edition run of laser-engraved Gardens & Villa flutes.

We sent some to stores, and sent a few more to radio stations that have been jamming out the band’s self-titled debut. It was our way of saying thanks, and the response was stupendous, with radio folks letting us know how much they enjoyed getting something a little different in the massive fall mail piles.

But nothing, nothing, nothing could’ve prepared us for this:

 

The inimitable Thor Slaughter (from KWVA, at the University of Oregon in Eugene) posted up a youtube video of himself and his flute, jamming as only he can. He was inspired by the indelible fluted funk of Gardens & Villa themselves.

Thank you Gardens & Villa, and thank you Thor. We give you five flutes, too. Out of five.

Read on for the full run of Gardens & Villa fall tour dates. And if you’re really lucky, your local record store still might have some flutes to give out with the album.

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AUDIO

Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

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AGENT CONTACT

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

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com