We’ve already given Gardens & Villa some love on this Music Blog, back when DJ Chris Douridas gave a raving review of their live show. And now that I’ve had time to live with the album, I HAD to throw in my two cents, because “Orange Blossom” is one of my favorite tracks of the year.
Stream “Orange Blossom”
Gardens & Villa – Orange Blossom by KCRW
It’s provocative and sensual – both the music and the lyrics:
Think of me like a swarm of bees,
buzzing around your leaves.
To pollinate means ecstasy.
I don’t know what the band would think about me saying this, but it is definitely make out music.
The Santa Barbara-based band (close enough to call them local) opened for other local favorites Foster the People, so you can bet the word is out on these guys. They’re still on the road – touring with Generationals and then Craft Spells – and you can catch them at the Echo on Thursday, July 14! All their tour dates are below.
p.s. their self-titled album is out now on Secretly Canadian.
Gardens & Villa Tour Dates
Jul 14 Los Angeles CA – The Echo *
Jul 15 San Francisco CA – Café Du Nord *
Jul 16 Davis CA – Sophia’s *
Jul 17 Portland OR – Mississippi Studios *
Jul 19 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern *
Jul 20 Boise ID – Neurolux *
Jul 21 Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court *
Jul 23 Santa Fe NM – Corazon *
Jul 24 Oklahoma City OK – The Conservatory *
Jul 26 Chicago IL – The Empty Bottle #
Jul 27 Cleveland OH – Happy Dog #
Jul 28 Washington DC – Black Cat Backstage #
Jul 29 Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
Jul 30 New York NY – Mercury Lounge #
Jul 31 Allston MA – Great Scott *
Aug 1 Montreal QC – Casa del Popolo *
Aug 3 Pontiac MI – Vernors Room at the Crofoot
Aug 8 Wichita KS – Rock Island Live
Aug 9 Fort Worth TX – Lola’s Saloon Sixth
Aug 10 Austin TX – The Mohawk
* w/ Generationals
# w/ Craft Spells