Jacco Gardner is from the Netherlands and he plays a lot of instruments. In fact, he played everything (except drums) and wrote, sang and produced all the songs on his debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities (2013).
Described as neo-psychedelia and baroque pop, his style sits alongside classic English artists in these genres like Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers. Think playful keyboards, strumming guitars and pop rhythms, but all with a dark, trippy edge and lyrics to match. A kaleidoscope of sound. Gardner released his second album, Hypnophobia, in May and the accompanying tour reaches Barcelona this month.
He’ll be playing with a full live band, which should give his sound another dimension. Hypnophobia is released on Excelsior in Benelux, Polyvinyl in North America and the Full Time Hobby label in the rest of the world. Very cool.