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  • Summary: Produced by Tim Goldsworthy, the second full-length release for the Santa Barbara indie band was inspired by Lake Michigan.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
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  1. Feb 11, 2014
    86
    Innumerable intricacies layered into the background make for an encompassing wall of notes that pulls you into a unusual dance.
  2. Jan 31, 2014
    80
    Goldsworthy has built a stratum of battered, creaky atmosphere atop Gardens & Villa's already richly layered mood.
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    75
    Compared to their debut album, Dunes marks a step up in the band's sound.
  4. Feb 6, 2014
    62
    It’s that they’re one of many bands following this particular path and Dunes’ best hope is that you haven’t heard any of them yet.
  5. Mojo
    Feb 11, 2014
    60
    The debut's sinister clouds are replaced by spry digital funk and studio sheen. [Mar 2014, p.96]
  6. Feb 6, 2014
    60
    Goldsworthy’s highly layered mix of sounds maintains a pleasant balance between harder edges and winsome feel-good vibes.
  7. 50
    While the band’s proficiency can create high spots, the overall sense is that its tight-knit tunes and detached feelings might have been enhanced more under a Californian sun than worked out in bleak midwinter experimentation.

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