SINGLE REVIEW: BURIED IN SNOW BY GREEN GARDENS
A band that are Spring personified, Green Gardens bring together off kilter rhythms, jarring guitar riffs, and lush harmonies into a gorgeous pastoral art rock package.
“Buried in Snow” Artwork
Green Gardens truly are a beautiful band. If I said that even a hundred times more, I would still feel like I haven’t said it enough because genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, I want you to know that Green Gardens are gorgeous.
A few weeks before our nation went into lockdown I found myself at Headrow House waiting to see a favourite band of mine, Kairos, and even though I was flush with excitement for them I hadn’t done my reading up on any of the support acts. If I had, maybe I would have known that Kairos wouldn’t be the only highlight of the night as from the moment Green Gardens took the stage I was enamored. When I saw the group of four lanky lads take to the stage, truth be told I expected to just dance to a few accessible indie bops. What I certainly didn’t expect, however, was that I would be hurtled into the depths of my feelings, almost as if my body faded away and I was floating on top of every word their beautiful harmonies mustered. I didn’t expect the most tender yet intricate guitar work and tasteful bass and drums to accompany. And most of all, I didn’t expect to have a new favourite band and yet, all of those were what I got.
Pastoral is probably the word that gets thrown around the most when discussing Green Gardens, and rightfully so. Their lyrics evoke scenes of blossoming nature, as their music comforts you and surrounds you. In many ways the combination of the two capture Springtime blooming as their characteristic harmonies swell across all their music, and their words leave you with clear sceneries to gaze at. None of these features are missing, thankfully, on their latest single “Buried in Snow,” but what is new is that they’ve come face to face with a jarring darkness.
Almost as if they rolled into the studio with minutes to spare, the band introduce the song with a blaring alarm launching them off into an unusually gritty guitar riff over dizzyingly off balance drumming. A far cry from the sound I expected, I was so excited because it was exactly the kind of filth that DRAB was meant to showcase. Not forgetting their roots, the guitars give way to intimate pianos that let the melancholic vocalists enter the fray, but not for long as the guitars can’t help but interrupt the tenderness. As the vocals reclaim the spotlight, this time almost triumphantly, the two elements of the track start to coexist. Still alternating who gets the spotlight, the bleed between the two grows as the guitars poke out between the words being sung while the two voices stay so beautifully and proudly in sync with each other.
Every moment in the proverbial song and dance that the guitars and voices perform is stunning and enthralling but it was near the end of the track, though, that the song reached new heights as I felt more moved than I have been in a long while. As all but the vox take a moment to breathe, the voices take every advantage of that space to stun me with their vulnerable power. When the band return to back their vocalists, with the cue of a commanding cough, it’s almost euphoric. I spent so much time trying to think of a less cringey, and less seemingly hyperbolic word yet nothing but a feeling of euphoria was accurate for that moment. Sadly, the track ends as abruptly as it starts, with a pained scream cutting the band off but by God was it stunning while it lasted. Like I will keep saying for years to come, Green Gardens truly are a beautiful band.
Writing by Varun Govil
Photography by Aidan Wyldbore @aidanwyldbore