If ever a band suited a moment in time, it’s Gardens and Villa. Woozy, icy and jittery, this Santa Barbara outfit soundtrack an uncertain world with austerity and just a touch of foreboding. But there is beauty here too, amid the glacial, almost funky synth-driven beats.
Their recording studio roll call of vintage Korgs, pads and drum machines might smack of retro obsessiveness, but somehow, Gardens and Villas’ lo-fi grooves offer an articulate evocation of the state we’re in.
They’re just about as menacing as blissed out electronica can get. Which is to say, not much, but enough to give their winsome noodling the shot of weirdness we approve of.
Monday, 7 November,
Mojo, Back Berry Street.
WE ARE ANIMAL / SUPER CANNES / VALET DUKES / POLICE SQUAD
[ IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLUB LAZY GENIUS ]
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