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Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble and Gregg Alexander Joseph Neville are Golden Gardens: a mystical duo up from the nocturnal underground, weaving dreamscapes and anthems for magical minds. Their latest offering, REIGN, is currently available for pre-order and Haute Macabre is delighted to bring you an exclusive stream of the entire album in advance of the Friday, 10/21 release.
Golden Gardens are an etherpop band from Seattle by way of Northern England and the darkest shores of New Jersey, and REIGN finds them teaming up with producer Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Mudhoney, and others) on their first release since 2013’s Bellflower and Narcissus, two enchanted mirror-image EPs exploring the cycle of love from the budding luster of infatuation through the darkly shimmering despair of longing.
LISTEN TO AN EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF REIGN BY GOLDEN GARDENS NOW:
Golden Gardens initially formed on the cold expanse of the Internet when multi-instrumentalist Neville, then living in Tampa, posted the call for a vocalist to his Twitter. After several years of sending partially-completed songs back and forth like a digital version of surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse, Neville moved across the country to join Bramble in Seattle. The rest, as they say, is history… though the two still compose separately. “I can be in this little cocoon in my studio and sort of wait for that alchemical inspiration,” Bramble said in an interview for Pre/Amp Music. “Sometimes I want to sleep and have a dream and think about what I want to add to the song. That’s a lot more mystical than doing it in a room together.”
Golden Gardens’ lyrics have always traded in mythology and the occult, layering dreamy vocals over synths and electric guitar to produce haunting tracks about sirens, goddesses, and sorcery. REIGN continues this theme with 9 luminscent songs exploring the theme of reclamation; Bramble describes it as “an invocation to the warrior queens and the enchantresses, the mystics and the misunderstood.”
“A track whose sonic palette is large driven by synthesizers and electric guitar, “Extrasolar Heartbeat” is among the more dense and woozy tracks Golden Gardens have released. The vocals from Aubrey Bramble are bold and upfront in the mix, and the plinky synth melodies give the song a more playful edge.” — Northwest Music Scene on REIGN’s first single
Like many of today’s artists, the members of Golden Gardens find their fingers in multiple creative pies. Bramble also crafts oil blends (including lines of fragrances inspired by Twin Peaks and the Witches’ Wheel) and performs healing crystal magic as Swan Children Alchemy — a recent interview with Haute Macabre’s S. Elizabeth can be found at Unquiet Things — and Neville is at work on a dark folk project called Weaver’s Triangle, named after an area of 19th-century industrial buildings in his hometown of Burnley, Lancashire.
“Lyrically, most of my stuff is sort of from an occultist, metaphysical basis. I’m really into nature on that level and sort of using celestial imagery, botanical imagery, seasonal imagery and things that for me are sort of magical, esoteric. I’ve always been into fairytales and spiritualism. Not spirituality but sort of that underlying, magical buzz that floats around the universe. It seems natural for me to explore those themes and pour it into my songwriting.” — Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble
Pre-order REIGN via the Golden Gardens bandcamp page and follow Golden Gardens on Facebook and Instagram. Pre-orders include an immediate digital download plus a CD shipped out on release day; deluxe pre-order packages come with an additional, limited-edition 11×17 print of REIGN album illustration by artist Kirk Damer and a handmade booklet of lyrics to various albums, singles, and EPs including REIGN.
Golden Gardens plays the REIGN release show on 10/20 at Seattle’s High Dive with Surrealized and Eastern Souvenirs. I am lucky enough to know both members of the band personally and am so proud of the growth and experimentation audible on this album; please join me in welcoming this divine spell into the world.