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Dunes

Gardens & Villa Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B00H5DNC64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Gardens & Villa found themselves in the unlikely locale of Benton Harbor, MI in the middle of winter to record their second full-length, Dunes. With the aid of Sly Stone's custom Flickinger recording console, acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & The Love Affair) guided Gardens & Villa until they ultimately emerged with a record beaming with dystopian energy, subconscious lyrics, and uncompromising sincerity.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gardens and Villa kills it again February 17, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album is incredible, it sort of a throwback to the 1980's (not that I was around back then) but I am familiar with the genre. Give it a chance, the more you listen to it, the more you will fall in love and be sucked into its musical embrace.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bouncy-sweet, dreamy, electro-organic indie pop February 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Sophomore release from Santa Barbara, California band—bouncy-sweet, dreamy, electro-
organic indie pop that rides its rhythmic groove off into the sunset. Songs that lope along with a
soulful modern pop/dance floor beat and some jazzy piano/flute ballad-like bits. Light fare for
mellow movement moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Echosassy" Evolution February 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was introduced to an early formation of Gardens & Villa in 2009 when they opened for another local band (Threadspinner) at a concert in Santa Barbara. They were a three-piece at the time and showed up with chunks of driftwood adorning the stage and a folky hipster appearance. Their songs were lengthy, hazy, and swelling. As a live performance, it blew me away, but I can see why they tightened up the songs for their self-titled debut. "Black Hills", "Orange Blossom", and "Star Fire Power" are the highlights from that one for me. The rest of the songs are pleasant enough but fade from memory quickly (Okay, "Spacetime" is pretty good too and made for a great music video).

Their new album, Dunes, removes any trace of filler. There's still an interesting balance between synths and natural, analogue sounds, including a breathy flute. But their style and sound are more defined. The new focus allows you to look deeper into the songs and try to figure them out from a thematic point of view. What are these songs about? I'm not sure yet, but I have an urge to revisit them and try to figure that out. If it was all tongue-in-cheek kitsch, I would have no interest in this music, but it's clear the band take their songwriting and recording seriously. This is well-crafted art pop.

I was the guy who was listening to Duran Duran and Depeche Mode in the late 90s, when they were no longer cool, so a band releasing new music with a retro, new-wavy sound is a good fit for me. I know there are others out there doing something similar -- and on a grander scale -- but it's fun to catch a band early on, to watch them evolve and shape their sound. I can see these guys working toward a high point (like, say, "Modern Vampires of the City") sometime in the future. Dunes is an enjoyable step along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars play-ballin February 10, 2014
By john
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
super play-ballin. get off your feet and download this album weirdo. why don't you? because you are a weirdo, weirdo.
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