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2013 has been the year of Jacco Gardner. After releasing his debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” in February 2013, the now 25 year old dutchman has been taking Europe and the USA by storm. read more…
2013 has been the year of Jacco Gardner. After releasing his debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” in February 2013, the now 25 year old dutchman has been taking Europe and the USA by storm.
It’s a hard realization to discover that the world may not be as magical and wondrous as you once believed, & reconciling ones loss of innocence and sense of naïveté is a theme that reoccurs often in art, music and literature. From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘God Only Knows’ the best articulations of lost youth can have a very visceral impact. The twelve tracks that make up the debut album “Cabinet of Curiosities” from Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner deftly explore this territory in a far more accomplished and mature way than you would expect from a (then) 24 year old.
Jacco’s melodic palette colors music with a more U.K.-sensibility, where minor chords & plush harmonies brush up against strings, mellotrons, harpsichords & an occasional squeezebox. The overall feel is more Zombies than Left Banke and more Nirvana (UK) & Billy Nicholls than Beach Boys & Van Dyke Parks.
After releasing “Cabinet of Curiosities” Jacco Gardner and his band went on what became seemingly an endless tour. That took them to both coasts of the USA multipal times and included dates at SXSW, west coast dates with the Allah-Las and headlining shows at Chicago’s Empty Bottle and NYC’s Mercury Lounge.
Over in Europe the huge critical acclaim and relentless touring resulted in playing summer festivals from La Route Du Rock (France), Green Man (UK) and Lowlands (NL).
In the fall of 2013 Jacco Gardner came out with a new single, The End of August, again on the label that released Cabinet of Curiosites, Trouble in Mind. And also he contributed an exclusive song to the compilation that was put out to accompany his show at Liverpool Psych Fest 2013.
After another full US and EU tour in october and november of 2013. Gardner got a European Breaking Borders Award out of the hands of Jools Holland. An award that honours young EU artists succes abroad their home country and was given in the past to artists such as Adele, Mumford & Sons and Damien Rice.
2014 will se Jacco Garder taking some time off to write new songs and also will het attend Austin Psych Fest in May followed by a short west coast tour.
RIYL: Broadcast, Free Design, Saggitarius, Curt Boettcher, Syd Barrett, Zombies, Left Banke, Dungen, Tame Impala, MGMT
“Jacco Gardner = if Piper at the Gates had been made in the 1990s by a dude in a shack on a cliff above the Pacific…” —1 Line Music Reviews
“Sublime second single from Jacco Gardner… fits in a great dutch psychedelic tradition (Boudewijn De Groot, Dragonfly, Q65…) and internationally, we think of The Zombies (especially on the b-side Summer’s Game) Love, Donovan, and Syd Barrett, of course.” —Requiem Pour Un Twister
“It is extremely surprising that the prestige of this “mossy” genre offered by none other than the Dutch multi-instrumentalist, who, by the way, from early childhood fanatel of Pink Floyd.” —IndieBirdie.ru
“Produced by Gardner who plays everything but drums, there are traces of mod, but it’s mainly the whimsical sounds of the late sixties U.K psych scene that are evoked here. It may have been recorded and released this year, but it doesn’t sound a day over 1967.” —The Active Listener
“It’s like a way-back-machine – I mean this doesn’t sound strained retro – it sounds like a lost and found single straight from 1968.” —Dying For Bad Music
“Great baroque pop/ psych treasure.” —One Chord
”Oh yeah…this is dope”. It’s an undeniable melange of classic 60’s psych, and yes, I don’t think that get’s old.” —thismusicdoesntsuck.tumblr.com