music ALBUM REVIEW: GARDEN & VILLA

ALBUM REVIEW: GARDEN & VILLA

Once upon a time, I was standing on the street where I work when I heard strangely enticing music pouring out of an SUV.

Luck was on my side, the driver’s window was down, and he told me the band was called Gardens & Villa. I haven’t stopped listening to this plucky and wistful California five-piece since. The skeleton of relatively simple instrumentation by way of synths and drum machines is rounded out by lead singer Chris Lynch’s smooth and easy delivery, with the whole shebang completed with a sprinkle of clever effects. Gardens and Villa could easily belong to the lonelier of lonely mid-80s New Wave pop bands, but tempo play and spotlighted vocal harmonies root this indie outfit firmly in this era.

On repeat all summer: “Neon Dove”