Gardens & Villa

Gardens & Villa's second album, Dunes, starts with "Domino," a burst of synth pop that instantly puts the listener in a mood better than the one he was in before the song started. That's the whole aesthetic of Dunes, which got its start in Gardens & Villa's hometown of Santa Barbara. It's a safe bet that this locale inspired the album's inherent beachiness and upbeat attitude, even if it was produced by former DFA Records stalwart Tim Goldsworthy (The Rapture, Cut Copy), in a cold, small town in Michigan. Dunes marries analog instruments with fresh, danceable sensibilities for a winning synth-rock/soft-rock fusion. "Bullet Train" taps into '80s robotic sounds, while "Chrysanthemum" hits stratospherically high vocal registers and "Purple Mesas" moves at the speed of chillwave - a term possibly coined for such a record.
Sat., March 8, 8 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 03/08/14)

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