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Gardens & Villa

Gardens & Villa Audio CD
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In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Gardens & Villa Store

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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B0050I2PDM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Band Crush 11 July 2011
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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What do recent pop converts Yeasayer, former Abba fetishists Here We Go Magic and popular songwriter Richard Swift all have in common? Answer: Santa Barbara quintet Gardens & Villa profess to having "band crushes" on the lot of them. So, when the opportunity arose last year for them to work with Swift on their self-titled debut, naturally, in the absence of the other pair, they jumped at the chance.

Allowing him free reign over their material, the results are predictably rich, graceful and dreamy. Most commonly found lazing around in psychedelic 60s pop, such as the likeable "Chemtrails", which recalls the heady days of pre-remix era Simian, or the chilly, timeworn extract "Sunday Morning", which suggests at more than an appreciation of The Kinks, Gardens & Villa are equally at home in glittery, strum-along structures as here best exemplified by the echo-y cut "Thorn Castles".

Opening the album like the last vestige of night, "Black Hills" is the only glimpse of Gardens & Villa's underbelly. A darker, electro-built psyche odyssey it momentarily aligns these West coast dreamers with the recent, pricklier grooves and exploits of Suuns. Otherwise, and due in part to Chris Lynch's soothing vocal, there's a strong, summery sway to proceedings that prohibits heavy labour, and the overpowering, woozy funk of "Orange Blossom" makes the most of that feeling, even trying its luck with a burst of panpipe/flute towards its end. And, for the most part, they get away with it too - perhaps only really falling flat later amid the cosmic hi-jinx of "Spacetime".

Just as it's tough to spring into life first thing in the morning, so too is it hard to find firm anchor in Gardens & Villa's sleepy running order. If, in future, they can manage to ground one or two of these flights of fancy then that future is there for the taking.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 Jan 2012
By Sandra
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A CD wrapped in Beer wrappings (I'm a member of AA and don't drink). There's a poor quality clear soft plastic sleeve instead of a proper protective hard case and it's a promotional CD. NOT worth the money and am a very disappointed customer. Will be returning.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laid Back "Coco Vibes" 7 July 2011
By Kort - Published on Amazon.com
Santa Barbara alt-rockers Gardens & Villa seem to draw inspiration from an eclectic variety of musicians on their self titled debut. I can hear the influence of The Talking Heads, Husky Rescue, Coldplay, Gary Numan, Prince and The Beatles; as well as other currently popular Indie rock bands. The result is an album that exudes variety and doesn't get stale with repeat listens, but one that lacks a unifying sound. This is somewhat offset by Lynch's unmistakable Gardens & Villa vocal style. And there is also the flute...

The two songs (Black Hills & Orange Blossom) currently being offered as free tracks are among the strongest cuts from the album, although there are a few other gems. The rest of the songs decent if not overly memorable. There were really only two disappointments. I found 'Spacetime' with its narrator repetition of the title a bit annoying, and 'Chemtrails' is rather forgettable.

All in all, Gardens & Villa is a rewarding listen, though some of the tracks do not live up to the promise of the better ones. However, I hear their live performances are great, and I am looking forward to their sophomore effort. Be sure to check out the collection of photo on their blog and their videos to get a more visual feel for the band. I would place Gardens & Villa's first album somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. They continue to grow on me so I'll go with 4 stars for this review.

~ Kort
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 thumps up :) 11 April 2012
By Rachelle - Published on Amazon.com
This album has been in my heavy rotation for the past year. It's electro-pop-synth-bass heavy tunes combined with amazing vocals make it one of my favorites to listen to. I also just saw these guys live for the first time and it 20x better than the album, which is pretty rare these days. Go ahead and buy this, you won't be dissappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 31 Mar 2012
By Thomas A. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
I spent more than twice as much on this album than what Amazon is selling it for, and it was well worth it. Getting it for $5 is a steal. If you're into bands like Death Cab, Coldplay, Bon Iver, then this cd will fit well into your collection. Very cool sound. Perfect background music for studying or writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars A true original - Chris Lynch is amazing 11 Jan 2014
By Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
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I never tire of this album - it is a real original. The lead singer, Chris Lynch, is soulful, and has a voice with beautiful tone - his lyrics touch on things we all think about, but don't know we are consciously doing so. Just like the album cover, which has some mystery and moodiness, the music inside does as well. I have heard some of the songs used as background music on television - I hope they have a very solid career ahead - they deserve to be heard. I saw them live at The Troubadour in Los Angeles - even better in person. The band is amazing. Loved the keyboards.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! 17 Aug 2012
By moon - Published on Amazon.com
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Im glad I bought this entire CD and not just the one song I like, it is really great from beginning to end.
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