We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Music Fest Northwest Kick-Off Party at Holocene on Wednesday, May 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 28.
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From our sponsors at Holocene:
Music Fest Northwest Kick-Off Party w/ Gardens & Villa, Swahili, Grandparents, New Moon Poncho DJs
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $8-$10 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets
1001 Southeast Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214
More Info: www.holocene.org
Join us as we gear up for another awesome year of MFNW! Tonight we present a radiant bill of psych-pop talents who will also be playing the fest this fall. Two of our finest locals join Santa Barbara’s cosmic synth brethren Gardens & Villa.
In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days.G&V bang out instant classics — each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.
Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of 90s Britpop of bands like Blur (borrowed from the 60s anyhow), and send it through an 80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. It’s Spoon’s Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, it’s made just that right kind of sugary — though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.