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Gardens & Villa – “Gardens & Villa” – [Secretly Canadian]

humana   6/30/2011   A Library, CD

Santa Barbara, called the American Riviera, can now be known as the place where Gardens & Villa formed as a band. This male foursome give us some pretty nice pop and reverb/synth sounds in this self-titled release. Bells, chimes, and catchy percussion make the first couple of songs standouts, The high energy of the first half winds down during the second half, but throughout, figuring out the meaning of the lyrics makes a nice pastime. Here’s to 24-hour buffets (2), pheromones and orange blossoms (4), and intuition (7)!

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