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.
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.