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Gardens & Villa / Dunes
Album:Dunes Collection:General
Artist:Gardens & Villa Added:Feb 2014
Label:Secretly Canadian 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-02-14 Pull Date:2014-04-18 
Week Ending:Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6Mar 30Mar 23Mar 16Mar 9Mar 2

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 13, 2022:Pumping Iron (rebroadcast from Mar 5, 2014)
4.Nov 19, 2014:Radio Personality
Bullet Train
2.Feb 27, 2015:Distractions
Bullet Train
5.Apr 16, 2014:A Family Affair
Bullet Train
3.Nov 21, 2014:Time Traveler
Colony Glen
6.Apr 11, 2014:Time Traveler
Bullet Train

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2014-02-08 
“Dunes” Gardens & Villa
The follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut in 2011. This is intricately layered, retro electro-pop full of shimmering synths, tight drum tracks and vocals that vary from soulful to disco-like. The CD is not overly commercial, as the Santa Barbara five-piece band continues to grow and forge its musical identity. Reminiscent of Depeche Mode, Lightning Dust — and even at times, Broken Bells or an updated Earth, Wind and Fire.
— Francis

Recommended: 2, 3, 7, 4, 1. No FCCs detected.

1. (4:05) Domino — Light and breezy, chillwave synth-pop — without the processed vocals. Skittering drum track. Bansuri flute is prominent. **
2. (4:19) Colony Glen — Pulsing and driving. Rapid-fire bass and floating bell-like synths. One of the more melodic and catchy tracks on the CD. ****
3. (3:59) Bullet Train — Great interplay of thumping synth bass and drum line with flute flourishes. Vocals reminiscent of Broken Bells in the verses, and almost soulful in the choruses. “The young die young if they work too hard.” ***
4. (3:47) Chrysanthemums — Flowery flute opens the song. Track then becomes a piano ballad with funky bassline, light drums and plaintive vocals with female back-up singers. Again, a soulful feeling. **
5. (3:24) Echosassy — Fast-paced dance number. Multiple layers of synths over an urgent drum track. Falsetto lead vocals.
6. (5:24) Purple Mesas — Laid-back groove. Languid vocals. Perhaps meant to depict sprawling vistas, but veers toward mood music for cheap romance.
7. (4:33) Avalanche — Another standout track. Flickering rhythm created by jittery bass, solid drum track and handclaps in a swirling synth landscape — with some dark undertones. ***
8. (4:07) Minnesota — Another delicate piano ballad with raw, breathy vocals that frequently venture into minor keys.
9. (4:33) Thunder Glove — Bright, crisp guitar work in a synth atmosphere — with the energy of a pumping bassline and backbeat drums.
10. (1:25) Love Theme — Brief instrumental close. Beautiful waves of ethereal, shimmery synths.

Track Listing
1.Domino 6.Purple Mesas
2.Colony Glen 7.Avalanche
3.Bullet Train 8.Minnesota
4.Chrysanthemums 9.Thunder Glove
5.Echosassy 10.Love Theme