Album release: "Hypnophobia" by Jacco Gardner
Release date: 4 May 2015
Label: Full Time Hobby
More information / listen: on Jacco Gardner website
"Despite drawing on influences that are 45 years old, Jacco Gardner's music feels original. For one thing it's somewhat dreamier and more layered than the music from the '60s." - NPR Music
"His songs show so much observation and rehearsal - onstage, the vocal harmonies of his band members were impeccable..." - The New York Times
To call Jacco Gardner a daydreamer may not be as farfetched as he’d have you believe. Its meaning may refer to a fear of sleep, but with Hypnophobia (out May 4th on Full Time Hobby), the brand new album from the baroque pop prince and Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist, Gardner’s all set to cast a majestic and vibrant psychedelic spell that will hypnotize listeners at the point dreams and reality meet. Since unveiling his Cabinet of Curiosities in 2013 (released on the Trouble In Mind label), tastemakers and fans alike have been drawn deeper into Jacco Gardner’s fantastical fairytale kingdom.
Hypnophobia captures a true sense of exploration, combining Gardner’s newfound love of travel with his continued passion for collecting and playing vintage instruments. The album features a Wurlitzer electric piano, waltzing alongside mellotrons, harpsichords, an Optigan, and an antique Steinway upright piano. It’s a stunning exhibit of lush instrumental tracks as well as songs that boast lyrics worthy of any great pop number. Fusing fantasy with sublime twisted reality, Hypnophobia was recorded in its entirety at Gardner’s Shadow Studio oddly juxtaposed in the heart of an industrial estate located midst the village of Zwaag, 30 miles north of Amsterdam.
For most tradition enthusiasts, it’d be all too easy to rehash the past. But that’s where Jacco Gardner’s differences lie. Playing all instruments except for drums, Hypnophobia brilliantly captures a unique artist and future-vintage aficionado operating at a far higher state of consciousness. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the excellent lead single, “Find Yourself,” which is streaming below and will be released by Full Time Hobby as a 7” single later this month.
Jacco Gardner tour dates
Gardner will tour the states with his bandmates, Jos Van Tol and Nic Niggebrugge, next month with stops at SXSW, Burgerama IV and Denton Music Festival, and be joined by Ultimate Painting for several dates. A full list of shows is available on the Jacco Gardner website.