JACCO GARDNER – ” Live On KEXP “

Posted: September 22, 2015 in MUSIC
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Jacco Gardner performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded June 25, 2015.

Songs:
Hypnophobia
Clear The Air
Face To Face
Find Yourself

Jacco Gardner was born in the late 80s but sounds as though he came of age in the late 60s. It’s a very specific late 60s that he evokes on his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities: the ornate, lushly orchestrated, psych-inflected “soft rock” or “baroque pop” of British groups such as Nirvana and the Zombies, and American bands such as the Millennium and Sagittarius. Actually, the latter pair were the project names of one man, Curt Boettcher. Boettcher was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer who took the idea of Brian Wilson at his most studio-focused and the Beatles’ own post-1966, no-touring, studio-only ethos to the extreme.

These are the models for this 24-year-old from the Netherlands: as Gardner explains, those “mostly studio projects where the songwriter or artist also took over the role of producer and could really start experimenting and work out everything they could think of themselves. Important artists/producers in this genre would be Curt Boettcher, Billy Nicholls, Syd-era Pink Floyd, the Zombies, Brian Wilson and Love.” Gardner recorded and engineered Cabinet of Curiosities at his Shadow Shoppe Studio in Holland, playing every instrument himself save the drums, having mastered recorder, clarinet, bass, guitar, keyboards and violin as a child. As an adult he also appears to have got to grips with the harpsichord, mellotron, flute and organ, because they’re all part of his chamber-pop palette.

He hasn’t just got the instrumentation and overall sound right, using all the right analogue equipment. He’s got the right voice as well.

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