Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gardens & Villa - 'Spacetime' 'Black Hills'

Taken from their Facebook info page....
"Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008. The name is pulled from the location of their house on Villa Street, and the property's lovely garden to whic...h they tend. The music they make is very much connected to coastal city they call home -- the stoney bike rides, dance parties, a scene free of judgment. The band refers to this Santa Barbara feeling as "coco vibes." For two weeks in the summer of 2010, the band camped behind visionary and now-labelmate Richard Swift's Oregon studio. No shower, no kitchen, but all the magic you could ask for. After taking a band oath to always play all parts live -- a la Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense -- the band added member Dusty Ineman to supremely execute the live incarnation of the band."

There is a lot to like about these guys and their self-titled debut album. They come from California and with that have a very refreshing sound to their music. They give you an honest effort with some big indie noise and some delightful harmonies along the way.

1.Black Hills
2.Cruise Ship
3.Thorn Castles
4.Orange Blossom
7.Star Fire Power
8.Sunday Morning
9.Carrizo Plain
10.Neon Dove

"Spacetime" by Gardens & Villa from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

Black Hills by Gardens & Villa from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

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