Exactly two years after the band’s creation, Tijuana-based sextet Jardín (Garden) give us their debut album that immediately puts them right in the center of Mexico’s alternative scene.
An expanded setup of voice, guitars, piano, synths, bass and drums only partly explains the rich sound of “Todo es Temporal” (“Everything is temporary”) .The musicians’ imagination and their broad inspirations are as important.
They’re obviously rooted in the 60s/70s psychedelia, but the album shows them up-to-date with what’s been happening in the global indie / lo-fi scene in the recent years, as well as fans of the cross-genre traffic so characteristic for our times.
Apart from the not-so-common 5/8 time signature, the excellent single “Monte de Venus” is a good representative of the whole record with its unhurried pace and distant vocals, which together create a dreamlike atmosphere.
The song is accompanied by an unsettling but happy-ended video directed by Sergio Valdez. Toward the end “Monte de Venus” will make you think you’re sleeping, but you will hope you won’t wake up before pushing the repeat button.
You can stream “Todo es Temporal” LP in its entirety here.