In the spirit of putting the lime in the coconut & mixing it all up, Jagjaguwar band GAYNGS has remixed Secretly Canadian artist Gardens & Villa. Ryan Olson from GAYNGS took a liking to the song “Orange Blossom” off Gardens & Villa’s self-titled album. The two crews met while Olson was working in Austin just as G&V were passing through on tour. They vibed the great vibe together at Jim Eno’s (Spoon) studio & came back with a funkified new track. You can check out the premiere at Altered Zones or listen here. And don’t forget to go see Gardens & Villa when they head out on tour next week with Youth Lagoon.
Click on the image above and you will be transported away into the depths of Gardens & Villa’s video for “Spacetime.” Part Funkadelic, part Forbidden Zone, this David South directed video blends the best of 70s campy sci-fi coolness and makes it new.
According to all things Twitter, Tumblr and beyonder, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa has tickled the fancy of the masses — unexpectedly, in many cases — whilst on the band’s North American tour with Foster the People. We too found ourselves under the band’s heavy spell at a recent Chicago appearance. You can say it’s coastal, new wave pop, and that would be absolutely true. I mean, we’ve said that very phrase ourselves. But it’s simultaneously ceremonial and huge-feeling. It’s joyous, but it’s weighty when you least suspect. They also have a stencil of Michael Jackson on their bass amp, and they end the whole live set with a ripping, near-Krautrock version of Gary Numan’s “Cars.”
G&V’s self-titled Secretly Canadian debut is out July 5 (Pre-order HERE or HERE). But today through release day, Yours Truly is hosting a full-stream of the record. From the opening synth pulses of “Black Hills” through the closing tribal flute ceremony of “Neon Dove,” the record is front-to-back excellence. It catwalks the exciting line between stark-pop songcraft and rain forest lushness.
Gardens & Villa are merely just beginning a season of touring. They will traverse North American twice over, touring with Generationals, Craft Spells and Foster the People. See all those dates HERE.
Here’s a video of Gardens & Villa performing “Black Hills” in Portland this April. The video bloggers at INTO THE WOODS.TV had kind things to say about the band and their self titled album, due July 5:
The record presents a seamless distillation of retro synth-wave, avant-garde world music, and innovative art-pop; all glazed in sparkling California sunlight. Back in Oregon during a recent tour, G&V met us downtown the morning after a well-received set supporting Hosannas at Rontoms. A golden warmth fell on the room as the band rolled through Black Hills, the vintage-funk opener from [their debut.]
Gardens & Villa are on tour all summer . Find out when they’ll be in your town HERE.
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