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The Garden

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Twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears dish out party-starting, hip hop-informed noise pop on their sophomore album and debut for Epitaph. The duo keeps it simple, with bass, drums and some scattered electronics and guitars making up the scuzzy stew that is The Garden’s sound. On tracks like “All Smiles Over Here,” the SoCal boys sound like they’ve grown up on a healthy blend of Pavement, Wolf Eyes and the Beastie Boys, keeping things surrealist, silly and beat-driven. They show off the more electronic facet of their sound on “Jesters Game,” which is full of hollowed out digi noise, clipped live drums and Flaming Lips synth squelches, while “Cloak” includes Chemical Brothers-style throwback jungle drums. At times the brothers sound like a deranged version of a kids band, spouting such nonsense as “my milk has a face, my chair has a face” on “Everything Has a Face.” That playfulness helps keep the menace at bay from a song like “Crystal Clear,” with its throbbing bassline and Big Black-style industrial crunch. Some of their songs are even sort of  grimily beautiful, like the piano-driven “Egg” or on the airy synths of “I Guess We’ll Never Know.” Even when they’re getting ridiculous — two dudes this white probably should avoid singing “we be grindin’ up in the clubs” — The Garden’s restlessness and willingness to try anything keeps you with them. “I was pretty curious, I just wanted to try something so mysterious” they sing on the title track, and nine times out of 10, that adventurousness pays off on haha.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
All Smiles Over Here :)
The Garden 02:56
2.
Jester's Game
The Garden 01:52
3.
Red Green Yellow
The Garden 01:24
4.
Everything Has A Face
The Garden 01:11
5.
Crystal Clear
The Garden 02:19
6.
I'll Stop By Tomorrow Night
The Garden 01:55
7.
Haha
The Garden 01:56
8.
Vexation
The Garden 02:03
9.
I Guess We'll Never Know
The Garden 01:25
10.
This Could Build Us A Home
The Garden 02:00
11.
Cells Stay Clean
The Garden 01:54
12.
Cloak
The Garden 02:00
13.
Egg
The Garden 03:04
14.
Devour
The Garden 03:02
15.
Together We Are Great
The Garden 01:35
16.
We Be Grindin'
The Garden 02:11
17.
Gift
The Garden 01:54

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