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.
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.
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.
Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre w/ Tycho
Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theater w/ Tycho
Ybor City, FL - Crowbar
New Orleans, LA - Republic w/ Tycho
Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's: Upstairs w/ Tycho
San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar
Austin, TX - The Parish w/ Tycho