FULL TIME HOBBY
If you just give me a moment to comb the daisies from my hair, I’ll tell you about this record. The summer of love has returned with an acid folk flavour that just wants to be listened to. The sound that trickles from the stereo flows deliciously like a musical custard, and on our wafer boat we set sail into realms of dream. Sunny, bouncing echoes of yesteryear frame a modern yet nostalgic whimsy into far flung tribulations and posery. It’s all rather cool.
‘Another You’, the first track in the order of chapter-like songs, grants us a hazy stripe of keys that in a childish way remind us of the psychological title of this record. As Jacco begins to sing, the melody immediately hits us as influenced by yesterday’s sounds, but a cheeky, modern-sounding drum fill reminds us we are listening to a newly released record.
The pretty yet haunted melody of ‘Grey Lanes’ cuts deeper still into the soul of this journey. I am overwhelmed by a sudden urge to go back to my childhood and ride my Wildcat bike.
With the Art of Garfunkel’s prowess and the Incredible from said String Band’s misty sounding tunes, we’re given a gradually unwrapping gift of light, magic and musical geometry.
Hailing from Zwaag, near Amsterdam, this multilingual musician has demonstrated his diversity by fusing the sounds of many instruments acquired through his career so far. Perhaps in this way Gardener is able to recreate the folk landscapes often associated with holey jumpers and pipe smoking and, while celebrating their once-sovereignty, is able to combine modern elements to make a fantastic record for the 21st century.
Rowan Blair Colver