10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This California quintet headed to Michigan to experience a Midwestern winter and work with former DFA member and acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy at his Key Club studio, where inside a converted locksmith’s building in Benton Harbor sits enough vintage musical gear to encourage soulful results. Sly Stone’s custom-built Flickinger recording console warms up the many synth sounds that serve as counterpoint to Christopher Lynch’s falsetto vocals, which dare to harsh the optimistic pop grooves of “Bullet Train” with an existentialism best left for songs like “Chrysanthemums” and the gorgeous “Purple Mesas,” where the waters are more temperate for such transgressions. Said to having left the studio only a handful of times during their month of recording, G&V got their money’s worth. The atmospheres and sonic perfectionism of “Domino,” “Colony Glen," and the playful “Avalanche” nail a lightness of being that’s well-balanced by the piano-based “Minnesota,” which was only a few states away, of course.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This California quintet headed to Michigan to experience a Midwestern winter and work with former DFA member and acclaimed producer Tim Goldsworthy at his Key Club studio, where inside a converted locksmith’s building in Benton Harbor sits enough vintage musical gear to encourage soulful results. Sly Stone’s custom-built Flickinger recording console warms up the many synth sounds that serve as counterpoint to Christopher Lynch’s falsetto vocals, which dare to harsh the optimistic pop grooves of “Bullet Train” with an existentialism best left for songs like “Chrysanthemums” and the gorgeous “Purple Mesas,” where the waters are more temperate for such transgressions. Said to having left the studio only a handful of times during their month of recording, G&V got their money’s worth. The atmospheres and sonic perfectionism of “Domino,” “Colony Glen," and the playful “Avalanche” nail a lightness of being that’s well-balanced by the piano-based “Minnesota,” which was only a few states away, of course.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Jotjotjat ,

Freaking Amazing!!!

I absolutely love this album! It is transcendental! At night, adventure to the highest point in your city and listen to "Minnesota" while stargazing and you'll agree too! Or jam out to "Thunder Glove" as you drive out into the night. Throw an awesome paint or dance party while listening to "Domino" with your hippie friends. Plus, you can twerk to "Bullet Train" I promise! Finally, "Purple Mesas" will have you daydreaming about all the lovers you left behind. Seriously, this album is amazing! Gardens & Villa, you never cease to amaze me.

Cor2241D ,

Why is this band not more popular?

This is a great, and in my view experimental album. It is sort of a throwback to the 80’s, with a dance/synth sound. I love Purple Mesas - it might be my favorite. But there are several very good songs on this album, including Bullet Train and Chrysanthemums. I recommend.

LaEvaLockhart ,

Wholly Magic

Mesmerizing, captivating, seductive, seething brilliant magical genius.

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