I've been looking for this for so long. So many artists have some individual aspects (drumming in Tame Impala, textures in Morgan Delt, etc) that one will find in GG's work, but this one pulls everything in to one beautifully galactic collection. High point of the month finding this bad boy.
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 Tim 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
This album has a desolate, desert aura to it that sets it apart from other outings in their discography, and the riffs in "Green Sugar" demand air-sitar play. "Melted Crystal" is the real gem, though. PannionSeer