Music For Dogs (LP)


Gardens & Villa

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Amoeba Review

08/19/2015

L.A.-based Gardens & Villa have made the psych-pop album of the summer with Music For Dogs. Dually informed by the art-pop of ’70s artists such as Brian Eno and Sparks as well as the soulful new wave of groups like OMD and Yaz, Music For Dogs is a pleasurable pastiche of sympathetic and well-curated sounds. “Fixations” is an irresistible single that springs along a bouncing piano line and engaging vocal hooks. The catchy but fitful and wild synth-pop of “Maximize Results” shows this is a band willing to take some chances, setting them far apart from the bloated electro-pop crowd. What works the best is how G&V are able to pair brainy ambitions — squiggling synths and sudden mid-song diversions — with amiable, even occasionally silly lyrics that keep everything firmly planted in the pop field. They’re not perfect — “Everybody’s” resemblance to The Shins detracts from the song’s estimable charms. But Music For Dogs is remarkably solid all the way through, throwing in new sounds at every turn, like the sumptuous proggy soft-rock of “Happy Times” that surprises on side B. It’s a big leap forward for the band and an album that should land them among the A-list of young, thoughtful pop bands.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
Gardens & Villa 00:50
2.
Maximize Results
Gardens & Villa 03:34
3.
Fixations
Gardens & Villa 03:53
4.
Everybody
Gardens & Villa 03:08
5.
Paradise
Gardens & Villa 03:58
6.
Alone in the City
Gardens & Villa 02:59


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
General Research
Gardens & Villa 04:16
2.
Express
Gardens & Villa 02:43
3.
Happy Times
Gardens & Villa 04:26
4.
Jubilee
Gardens & Villa 03:06
5.
I Already Do
Gardens & Villa 03:37

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