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.
According to all things Twitter, Tumblr and beyonder, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa has tickled the fancy of the masses — unexpectedly, in many cases — whilst on the band’s North American tour with Foster the People. We too found ourselves under the band’s heavy spell at a recent Chicago appearance. You can say it’s coastal, new wave pop, and that would be absolutely true. I mean, we’ve said that very phrase ourselves. But it’s simultaneously ceremonial and huge-feeling. It’s joyous, but it’s weighty when you least suspect. They also have a stencil of Michael Jackson on their bass amp, and they end the whole live set with a ripping, near-Krautrock version of Gary Numan’s “Cars.”
G&V’s self-titled Secretly Canadian debut is out July 5 (Pre-order HERE or HERE). But today through release day, Yours Truly is hosting a full-stream of the record. From the opening synth pulses of “Black Hills” through the closing tribal flute ceremony of “Neon Dove,” the record is front-to-back excellence. It catwalks the exciting line between stark-pop songcraft and rain forest lushness.
Gardens & Villa are merely just beginning a season of touring. They will traverse North American twice over, touring with Generationals, Craft Spells and Foster the People. See all those dates HERE.
Here’s a video of Gardens & Villa performing “Black Hills” in Portland this April. The video bloggers at INTO THE WOODS.TV had kind things to say about the band and their self titled album, due July 5:
The record presents a seamless distillation of retro synth-wave, avant-garde world music, and innovative art-pop; all glazed in sparkling California sunlight. Back in Oregon during a recent tour, G&V met us downtown the morning after a well-received set supporting Hosannas at Rontoms. A golden warmth fell on the room as the band rolled through Black Hills, the vintage-funk opener from [their debut.]
Gardens & Villa are on tour all summer . Find out when they’ll be in your town HERE.
Gardens & Villas’ “Black Hills,” from the band’s self-titled debut (out July 5), is thick-but-nimble, low-key West Coast new wave. The video for “Black Hills,” directed by Ulysses//Onassis, is an adventure filmed in the wilderness of rural Oregon. It’s stark black & white cinematography is a nice juxtapose from the lushness of the song, though it’s no less dreamy. We find the men of Gardens & Villa portraying a gang of drunken, backwoods greasers who hunt down a small, near-albino child and his glowing, magical alien crystal thing. It’s part Stand By Me, part E.T., part Night of the Hunter and cool all over.
In June, Gardens & Villa embark on a massive summer touring schedule — running June through mid-August — that will see them traversing North America twice over, sharing dates with Generationals, Craft Spells and Foster the People. As we’ve seen a various spots on the internet, this is live show not to be missed. See all the upcoming dates HERE.
Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Santa Barbara, CA - SOhO
Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
Dallas, TX - Three Links
Austin, TX - Red 7
Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's: Downstairs
New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa