Gardens & Villa
Gardens & Villa - SECRETLY CANADIAN
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Laura Studarus on July 20, 2011
Santa Barbara quintet Gardens & Villa craft angular electro-pop that offers no easy answers. Their self-titled debut is filled with unexpected flourishes: a spiky Britpop guitar-riff here, a 1980s synth-refrain there; its influences are all over the board—and delightfully so. From the mesmerizing harmonies of “Chemtrails” (think Grizzly Bear with a pinch more ennui) to the driving breakdown of “Star Fire Power,” multiple listens are required to unpack the layers of carefully constructed surprises. Dig in.