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.

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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Gardens & Villa Remix Polica’s “The Maker,” Set to Tour this Fall

Two fantastic bands are pairing up for a fall tour and they just happen to be Gardens and Villa and Mom + Pop’s latest signee, Polica. To celebrate, Gardens and Villa have taken on Polica’s “The Maker,” offering a splendid, dance-worthy remix. It’s impossible to listen to this track and not dream up thoughts of how great this tour is going to be. You’ll be moving from start to finish. Stream “The Maker” below!

In addition to dates with Polica, Gardens & Villa make stops at Musicfest NW, KBZT’s Independence Jam (where they’ll share the bill with Fiona Apple), Counterpoint Festival in Atlanta and Austin City Limits in October. See full list of dates at end of post! Read the rest of this entry »

LSTN: Gardens & Villa Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy”

Today, Paste Magazine premiered Gardens & Villa’s new cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy” and it is fantastic. Slowed down and infused with the sounds we’ve come to know G&V for, “Gypsy” deserves a good listen or five. Throw this one on at your next summer BBQ or late night hang and you’re bound to be the coolest cat at the party. The original track appeared on 1983′s Mirage, while the cover is for the compilation Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac, set for release in August. Antony, The Kills, Lykke Li, MGMT, Washed Out and Best Coast are just a handful of other artists who are on the covers album. Find out more HERE.

Listen to “Gypsy” at Paste Magazine.

“When we were approached to record a version of ‘Gypsy’ for the compilation we were all for it, as most of the guys in the band have an intimate connection with the music of Fleetwood Mac. It’s sensitive and timeless. It was a beautiful experience. We’re really thankful for this opportunity.” – Adam Rasmussen

AUDIO

Orange Blossom by Gardens & Villa

TOUR DATES

11/06/14
El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace

11/07/14
San Antonio, TX - 502 Bar

11/09/14
Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/20/14
Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst

11/21/14
San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop

11/22/14
San Francisco, CA - Independent

12/13/14
Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

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AGENT CONTACT

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

EU:
Jason Edwards
Coda Agency
jason@codaagency.com