music journalist since 1992 | educator since 2004 | podcaster since 2020 | Iranian American since birth
Reviewed for Electronic Musician Magazine October 2015 issue:
Gardens & Villa move away from human and toward robot with each album. A protracted adjustment to this shift on the group’s third album, Music For Dogs, reveals this change is not for the good. Music For Dogs plays like an upside-down bell curve, with a high start and finish: Palpitating and Devo-like on “Maximize Results,” pretty and fun on “Fixations,” David Bowie channeled on “Happy Times,” “Jubilee” is deadpan, yet catchy; then forgettable in the dipped middle.