Once again leaving genre boundaries in the dust, The Garden twins return on Epitaph Records with Mirror Might Steal Your Charm. Taking the audience away into a still unfathomed sound world and bringing back some of the scuzzier elements of their earlier work, the duo's more guitar focused third album is another sublime slice of post-modern pop. Welcome back to a land that's familiar, slightly out of sync, and a little bit unnerving.
Wyatt and Fletcher Shears (24) have been conceptualizing their own style since well before the formation of the band in 2011. Described as auditory invaders of the new world; borderless, informed and decentralized, the duo represent a youthful punk scene in California with their DIY principles, thrift store-cum-glam fashion style and a vast list of influences. While 2013's Life And Times Of A Paperclip offered a glimpse into their breakbeat-propelled world of electro-punk anarchy, it was their innovative Epitaph debut Haha (2015) that proved them to be much more than style over substance, sadistically teasing all essences of musical genres into 17 wonderfully chaotic tracks.
Mirror Might Steal Your Charm was self-produced and recorded in a lock-out studio in one short burst. "I think it's healthy as an artist to switch up your environment once in a while. The production is tight as a whistle, but also more raw," offers Wyatt. "The process made for a more focused and personal sounding record, with a healthy dose of guitar throughout. Things are a little more refined. If we aren't implementing past experience into new situations then we aren't learning. Progress is very appealing to us," adds Fletcher.