GARDENS & VILLA

There's a quote tucked into the recent documentary film about the iconic design duo Charles and Ray Eames, commenting on the symbiotic nature of Charles and Ray's marriage, their work life in Venice Beach, their home life not too far away, and their creative life: "Work is art is life is work is art..." It's a concept so simple a small child could dream it, yet it's one we tend to lose in the strange, abstract grind of modern life and modern ambition. For Gardens & Villa songwriters Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen, a return to this very harmonious relationship of art/work/life and a rediscovery of the DIY ethos that once defined the pair's formative creative years mark the defining thread of their head-turning new album, Music For Dogs.

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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ON TOUR // Gardens & Villa Share 2014 North American Tour Dates, Pre-order ‘Dunes’ Now

A couple weeks ago Gardens & Villa announced that their second album, Dunes, will be released February 4 on Secretly Canadian. Today we are excited to announce 2014 North American Tour Dates starting in the band’s home state of California in Santa Cruz in February moving onto the South and East Coast before finishing Los Angeles in March. See all the dates and pre-order links for the limited edition album and bundle after the jump.

The band also have shared a playlist of songs they were listening to while recording the new album which includes a tracks from Alice Coltrane, Aphex Twin, Wham, J Dilla, and more. Stream the mix on Spotify or Rdio.

Click read more to see 2014 tour dates and ticket links, listen to the lead single “Bullet Train”, and see pre-order links for new album, Dunes.
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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Gardens & Villa ‘Dunes’ Out February 4th, 2014, Share New Single “Bullet Train”

Gardens & Villa announced today that their second album, Dunes, will be released February 4 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.

Get out of your chair, on your feet, and hear their new lead single “Bullet Train” that includes what Stereogum calls “the catchiest flute hook I’ve heard since I honestly can’t remember” above, on YouTube, or on our Soundcloud.

Click read more to watch the trailer for Dunes, and read more about the new record including the album art and track list.
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AUDIO

Fixations by Gardens & Villa
Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

09/15/15
Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

09/17/15
Austin, TX - The Parish

09/18/15
Dallas, TX - Club Dada

09/19/15
Houston, TX - House of Blues/ Bronze Peacock

09/20/15
New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

09/22/15
Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5

09/23/15
Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

See all upcoming shows

AGENT CONTACT

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

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com