VACANT GARDENS

OBSCENE (TOUGH LOVE)

VACANT GARDENS - OBSCENE 153133
Format:
1 LP
Release:
08.07.2022
Label:
TOUGH LOVE
Kat.-Nr.:
153133
Barcode:
5055869548755
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.

From Reds Pinks and Purples' Glenn Donaldson, Vacant Gardens is an interstellar recording project that combines celestial, shimmering guitar on the verge of breaking like a massive, emotive wave and an ethereal vocal style from Jem Fanvu (visual artist, Minor Ghost Band also, plus collaborating with Tune-Yards, Cavity Fangs and many more) recalling Hope Sandoval or Liz Fraser that sails in its wake.

Simply put, this is some of biggest, heart-tugging guitar music you'll hear in recent times.

Sold out at once debut Under The Bloom, is followed now a continuation and development of the group's sound on Obscene: a frayed tapestry of Slowdiving, Flying Saucer Attack guitar noise wall married with an angelic vocal from Fanvu that glitters in counterpoint to the stringed distortion like Hope Sandoval or, in the way it shines bright in the fog, like Jonsi's surfing the surging waves of emotion in early Sigur Ros.

Originally released in February on digital formats, Obscene gets a vinyl press and is sounding massive.

Vacant Gardens' music suggests oceanic feelings, a hazy intergalactic consicousness that burbles beneath the surface of everything while also touching the visceral points in the human heart that makes groups like Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo so timeless.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. WORLD INSIDE THE OCEAN
  • 1.2. OBSCENE
  • 1.3. WHORL
  • 1.4. CRIMSON CRUSH
  • 1.5. THREE HERONS
  • 1.6. LOOSE
  • 1.7. AS HORSES
  • 1.8. UNTOMBED