VACANT GARDENS

UNDER THE BLOOM (TOUGH LOVE)

VACANT GARDENS - UNDER THE BLOOM 153132
Format:
1 LP
Release:
08.07.2022
Label:
TOUGH LOVE
Kat.-Nr.:
153132
Barcode:
5055869548748
Clear vinyl LP edition of 500 copies. Vacant Gardens is Glenn Donaldson (of The Reds, Pinks and Purples and a hundred others) and Jem Fanvu, collaborating on music and with the latter responsible for vocals and lyrics.

The project began with the idea of combining heavy fuzz and slow-mo drum machine beats with Fanvu's gentle almost trad-folk style vocals.

Almost all of Donaldson's otherworldly sounds are achieved through layers of guitar fuzz and copious delay, while Fanvu offers an ideal counterpoint, taking the listener on a celestial melancholy trip with her opaque poetry and melodies.

So inspired were the duo by this blend of styles, they immediately recorded at least two albums of material, Under the Bloom and Obscene, released in quick succession in 2020 and 2021 in swiftly-disappearing micro editions on the secretive Tall Texan label.

With those records close-to-impossible to find at an affordable price, Tough Love are now reissuing both LPs.

- The first LP from Vacant Gardens plays on a lot of favorites around here, combining the blissful descent of shoegaze with the drawn curtain comfort of bedroom synth pop for a record that's immediate and personal but still evocative enough to splash your inner emotions across the stereo spectrum in an effusive pink haze.

Doesn't hurt that the band is built from a couple of past familiars as well, with the duo consisting of Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Art Museums, Reds, Pinks and Purples) and Jem Fanvu (also Minor Ghost Band, visual artist), operating a bit outside their typical pop enclaves.

With touches of Pale Saints, Curve, and early Creation-era Ride and Slow Dive in the mix, the pair carves at the frothing bouquet of Dreampop with a deft hand that lets on their dedication aesthetics come to the forefront.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. WAVES ON WAVES
  • 1.2. SLOW DIAMONDS
  • 1.3. SUNLIGHT ON DRY GRASS
  • 1.4. NIGHT BLOOM
  • 1.5. SHOREBIRDS
  • 1.6. OPEN AIR
  • 1.7. UNDER THE BLOOM
  • 1.8. EUCALYPTUS