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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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Hear Gardens & Villa Live on KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic Today

Gardens & Villa, fresh off a massive tour of Europe, will visit KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning at 11:15 Pacific Time. You can tune in whether you’re in Greater Los Angeles or Kittery, Maine by visiting the KCRW site to LISTEN LIVE. The band’s Morning Becomes Eclectic session will mark the closing of a great debut year for the Santa Barbara band. 2012 is already shaping up to be a breakout year for the boys. Look for more news in the very near future.

LISTEN TO GARDENS & VILLA ON MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC

Welcome Gardens & Villa To Your Life

Gardens & Villa are a warm spring wind up your pant leg on the first late night stoney bike ride of the year. Sent to us not so long ago by producer Richard Swift, these tunes whipped around every head in the office. Now, let thy own head be whipped around. We’ve got Gardens & Villa’s self-titled debut set to drop July 5.

DOWNLOAD “BLACK HILLS” MP3

In the year of the saxophone, Gardens & Villa gives us the flute. And along the way, the Santa Barbara band effectively wipes clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. G&V bang out instant classics — each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.

At Swift’s Oregon studio in Summer 2010, they put some sand in the silk sheets of new wave (“Black Hills”) and pop some translucent funk (“Orange Blossom”). There’s also a level of effortless class maintained across the whole set. Each and every lush little gem explores the wonderful mystery between intuition and proficiency, between tension and repose.

The G&V gang — Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop and Dusty Ineman — are right now on a tour of the US. Check out the dates HERE and then, take all your friends with you.

AUDIO

All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

COMING SOON

JJ
V
CD / LP
Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP

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