Published on July 2nd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor0
Gardens & Villa Debut Hypnotic Track “Hurrah”
Gardens & Villa’s unveil their brand new track “Hurrah” today which immediately grabs listeners. Opening up with a reverbed-out drum beat that lays the groundwork for the overall trance-like aura the song emits, soon after, various keys and synth melodies are layered on. Accompanied by singer Chris Lynch’s high-range voice––dubbed with a Kevin Parker-like vocal effect, the new song is purely magic. This all amalgamates into a Beach House meets Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space feel, as hopeless, melancholic lyrics are juxtaposed with bubbly dream-pop sounds popularized by classic bands such as the Cocteau Twins. As the song forges on various other instruments are added and subtracted, but over the same, original drum beat, which only cuts out with twenty seconds left in the tune’s life.
Well for us its a bit less of a ladder and more like a long hike with peaks and valleys. We’ve been doing this for a while with ups and downs but for now we’ve realized that we are here to stay and its all about the music mannnnn. Haha but for real. It’s crazy to have a rise and fall and rise again. I wouldn’t do it any other way as I think it made us way stronger and resilient and better at our craft.
I find labeling an artists’ music to be very difficult. If you had to pinpoint where you fit and what genre you are associated to, where do you think that would be?
Funky dream poppy, jangling hippy punk dubland with a twist of stardust.
Adam and I were fuggin around with the chords.. He was playing synth and I, nylon string guitar whilst singing gibberish. Rado hopped on the organ and Shane and Dusty were on drums and percussion. We started jamming very loud and the percussion/beat was strong and felt like a war cry or something. Once we felt the song coming through in chords and beat, I was singing along in gibberish which slowly became words. I started penning lyrics as we were going. Crossing stuff out and re-writing. I kept asking the band what they thought of lines and it all fell into place. We rolled the tape and I think it was the second time we played the full song where we all stopped and hugged and felt like it was “the one.” We left in all of the sounds and tracks, even the original vocal. Rarely has a song come about so easily for us. It felt channeled like we were an antennae beaming sounds in from space.
I was always obsessed with music. My whole family is very musical and after my parents played me Revolver and Neil Young.. I was hooked forever. I started actually playing around the age of 12 with friends in an Irvine garage with terrible songs very very loud. This evolved into a high school emo/punk/shite-core band with dyed black hair. I feel like in my soul I am still this 15 year old. But yea the passion was always there and the mystical alchemy of record making always attracted and lured me towards its secrets. Making music with Gardens and Villa forced me to up my game because everyone else in the band is so goddamn talented, I’ve always felt just happy to be here. I love singing so much and when Shane slaps the bass or Adam played keys, I am very excited to sing over this.