Good to jam after: Sleeping in
Gardens & Villa is a five-person indie rock group from Santa Barbara, California that produce laid-back jams filled with synthesized punches and drawn out, effortless-sounding vocals. Today's feature, "Black Hills", off their self-titled album out in 2011 will set your day off on the right pace after a long night out and an overindulgent amount of hours spent sleeping in. You know those nights where maybe you went out a little harder than you had intended and slept in an extra hour or two the next day than you were hoping? Well, my thoughts are that Gardens & Villa will at least make you feel a little better about it. Play "Black Hills" as you roll out of bed, crack open the blinds to let the sun shine in on your ruffled face, pour yourself a bowl of cereal even if it's past the designated time where it can qualify as breakfast and watch the worries of where the hour lies fade away.
"Star Fire Power" is another jammable track on the album worth checking out, that is—if you're picking up what they're putting down. They also just released their second album titled 'Dunes' in February that's worth a listen. I personally dig the simplicity of their self-titled album over the fanciness that seems attempted by 'Dunes', but to each is own. However, I will say that my initial thoughts on the single "Bullet Train" from 'Dunes' leave me intrigued enough to listen to the album as a whole a little more deeply. Recently opening for acts like Hospitality and securing a spot at Coachella in 2012, I'd expect to be seeing these guys around the music scene more frequently in no time.