SOUNDS LIKE: Future Islands, Caveman
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: These west coast friends offer up a twist on a classic 60s jam
Gardens & Villa are known for making hazy synth pop songs. They're also known for making straight up space jams. One of their earlier singles, "Orange Blossom," features the flute in place of a guitar and makes for something you might hear on a booze cruise. On the self-titled debut last year, they went to all of these places and managed to tie it all together, they never skipped a beat. Now they manage to hit on all these pushpins on their musical map on their latest offering, minus the flute.
Like their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy" that appeared on the Just Say That You Love Me tribute LP earlier this year, G&V put their own unique touch on their take on Eric Bourdon & The Animals classic "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place". And while "Gypsy" was a smidge more faithful, "Place" goes to a place the original song didn't go almost 50 years ago. The bass line takes a back seat to a woozy synth and layered vocals that almost get demonic at some point before they all converge for a moment of pure sonic bliss.
Gardens & Villa are on the road right now! Catch them when they come to your town.
Gardens & Villa - "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place