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 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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GAYNGS remix Gardens & Villa’s “Orange Blossom”

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.

Watch Gardens & Villa’s New Video for “Spacetime.” See Em Tour with Youth Lagoon This Fall

“Spacetime” by Gardens & Villa from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

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.

Gardens & Villa play select dates in North America this month before meeting up with rising talent Youth Lagoon, for a string of dates in September and October including a performance at Pygmalion Festival in Urbana, IL. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers caught Gardens & Villa at a show in his hometown of Boise, ID earlier this year and the two bands found a fast friendship between them. Now they reunite to bring two of this year’s most exciting new bands to a city near you. See the full tour dates after the jump.

AUDIO

Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

08/07/14
Fountain Valley, CA - Mile Square Regional Park

08/08/14
Los Angeles, CA - FIGat7th Downtown Festival - FREE SHOW  w/ White Hinterland

08/10/14
San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

08/16/14
Portland, OR - Music Fest North West

09/12/14
San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Company

09/18/14
San Diego, CA - The Casbah

09/19/14
Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room

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AGENT CONTACT

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

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com