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.

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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LISTEN // Gardens & Villa Share Second Single “Colony Glen” Via Stereogum, New Album ‘Dunes’ Out 2/4



Not content on giving just one earworm to tide you over until their new Tim Goldsworthy-produced album Dunes comes out February 4th, the guys from Gardens & Villa have shared a second single “Colony Glen”, via Strereogum’s exclusive premiere yesterday. Like first single “Bullet Train” before it, “Colony Glen” has the killer combo of an addictive synth line under lead vocalist Chris Lynch cutting through yet another seductive bass line. Don’t be fooled, “Colony Glen” is a jam that will not escape your brain after your first listen above or on our YouTube / Soundcloud. After this second look at Dunes, the 4th really couldn’t come soon enough.

Dunes is now available for pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store. Act fast as a small amount of early pre-orders from SC Distribution and limited copies at your local indie store (call ahead or go in to confirm) of the LP include a limited-edition colored magenta vinyl. The bundle edition, available exclusively from SC Distribution, includes a limited edition Gardens & Villa tote bag and all pre-orders are automatically entered to win a copy of Dunes on vinyl signed by the entire band.

Click read more to see upcoming headlining tour dates for the band starting with a show in Santa Cruz at The Catalyst on February 7th.
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AUDIO

Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

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

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

09/20/14
Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse Saloon

09/22/14
Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

09/23/14
Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater

09/25/14
St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

09/26/14
Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

See all upcoming shows

AGENT CONTACT

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

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com