Gardens & Villa

Music For Dogs

Secretly Canadian

Aug 17, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES Bookmark and Share


Gardens & Villa's Music For Dogs comes less than a year and a half after the band's sophomore album Dunes. Certainly there was no rush for the Santa Barbara natives to release new material, but that eager desire to create is reflected in the rushed, haphazard collection of songs that make up their third record. The slinky synthesizers and psychedelic flute flourishes have been toned down in favor of frantic pianos and increasingly spaced-out vocal echoes. The vulnerability in singer Adam Rasmussen's voice that was previously intimate and comforting is instead laden with an uneasy tension that creeps throughout the whole album. If Dunes was their exploration of the bleary-eyed haze of romance, then Music For Dogs is the clarion call of lucidity, cutting through that fog, certain and electrifying. (www.gardensandvilla.com)

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