Gardens & Villa

You just don't hear enough flutes in pop music.

Couple that breathy sound with flanged and plucked bass, vintage synths, a sexy beat and an incredibly high falsetto and you've got "Orange Blossom" by Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. The tune tips its hat to The Talking Heads and more modern smoove groove practitioners like Sebastian Tellier, The Sea & Cake, or Stereolab, but comes across remarkably carefree and original.

"We each have our closest influences," says drummer Levi Hayden. "But as a band, we listen to a lot of Talking Heads [and] Tom Tom Club and Human League. They did a lot of dance/electronic work, but they were playing it live, having percussion, creating electric sounds with a live band."
Wed., April 27, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.