Bell Gardens create atmospheric, dreamy music where the songs slowly unveil their mysteries in good old analog time. The group is comprised of two fellows, Kenneth James Gibson (Furry Things, [a]pendics.shuffle) and Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid), who began forming their distinctive sound in early 2010. Notably Bell Gardens reject synthesizers in the creation of their enigmatic soundscapes; the tunes are made up of voices and live instrumentation (strings, horns, and piano). It’s all part of an attempt to make the music as “natural” sounding as possible while sticking to tools that were available in music studios from the ‘50s to the ‘70s. Today we bring you the premiere of Bell Garden’s latest video, “Fruitcup”, and you can also sample a recent mix the band made below.
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