Garden Gate finds technician Meskers attempting to execute their most challenging arrangements to date. Supported by members of Brown Recluse and White Candles, Garden Gate owes its distinctive sound to Meskers’ experience with both projects, blending the pop sensibilities of Brown Recluse with the giddy electronic maelstrom of White Candles to craft something distinctly engaging and refreshingly original.
Utilizing a custom tarot spread modeled after the phases of the moon, the lyrical content of Dark Harvest blends the results of these analyses with dream imagery, trance meditation, identity deconstruction, and gothic romance towards unusual results.
Ranging in topic from the devotional to the mythological, Dark Harvest’s larger narrative follows its candlelit heroine as she discovers a strange portal connecting two overlapping mansions and her subsequent efforts to make sense of the bizarre and confusing experiences she accrues.
Garden Gate is most proud to offer this collection of recordings through the inimitable Sunstone Records on LP and the immensely promising new label Golden Brown digitally and on cassette, and is currently midway through the recording of their follow-up full length.
released August 5, 2016
Written and Recorded by Timmi Meskers
Additional Production by Mark Saddlemire, Sound in the Round Studios
Mastering by Daniel Woodward
Mark Saddlemire: Synth 3, 6, 7, 13; Percussion 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13
Dan Steinberg: Bass 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13; Synth 8
Kim Ahn: Vocals 4, 6, 8
Shawna Ferguson: Vocals 12
Ed Maurer: Vocals 9
Raj Haldar: Clavinet 2
Jared Carter: Aux. percussion 8
An elegantly artistic psych/folk album that impresses with its heartfelt delivery, musicality and desire to offer something mature in its messaging. These relaxing and yet highly intriguing arrangements provide something for almost any listener of the genre. Michael Reilly
This is the second in a series of weekly album reviews published by Andrew Dubber. If you haven’t already caught it, please check out his introductory post. The world appears to be littered with bearded young men with acoustic guitars and notebooks full of verse, access to old pianos, and mournful string players. Few have … Continue reading Album of the Week: Fire on the Vine → Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 6, 2011