It seems like the Santa Barbara quintet Gardens & Villa came out of nowhere to give us one of the best debut LPs of the summer, filled top-to-bottom with self-contained soundtracks to fry, frolic and fritter away under the sun to. Their self-titled release makes us feel like kids again, with the requisite injection of enthusiasm and uncertainty that go hand-in-hand.
They came into Origami shortly after the release of their new album and surprised the crowd with a stripped-down set. It seemed like they took their LP, dripped some honey on it and let it bake in the sun for a couple hours. Chris Lynch commanded the room with his gliding vocals, imbuing hints of both optimism and pained regret with each verse.
A couple dozen faithful fans were waiting before the band went on. The crowd grew as the set progressed, with curious pedestrians filing into the store to exhaust what little standing room was left and to snag the last copies of the G&V LP once they realized "what was up."
We are proud to present you with "Black Hills" - the opening track off their album, available now on Secretly Canadian.
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