Music for ghosts and other shadowy spectres.
Aubrey Bramble + Gregg Neville are Golden Gardens, a mystical duo up from the nocturnal underground, weaving dreamscapes and anthems for magical minds. The project began with the duo living on separate coasts - Bramble in Seattle and Neville in Tampa, FL. After file sharing their way to a debut EP (Somnambulist, out of print) and a subsequent small-run LP (Between the Siren and the Amulet), the growing demand for live shows and increased musical output became a catalyst to bring the two musicians together geographically. Neville moved to Seattle in early 2012, and they’ve been persistently growing their following in the underground dark music scene.
Their latest release Reign (October 21, 2016) is a sharp and lustrously shimmering collection of etherpop, full of crystalline synths and glittery vocals contrasted with a razor-sharp edge of bright electric guitars. Neville and Bramble teamed up with producer Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Jesse Sykes, Mudhoney) on this effort, a bold and crisp 9-track exploration of personal power and fierce female archetypes. Moving from their bedrooms to a professional recording studio graced the diaphanous duo with a more focused and polished point of view, and has allowed them the room to further experiment with the sample-heavy and electronic sound captured by 2013's Narcissus and Bellflower EPs.
Notable performances and achievements include the 2014 Bumbershoot festival; the 2014 NW Folklife Festival and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest's Annual Fundraiser with Hardly Art's La Luz; 2016's Dancing on the Valentine, an annual benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; a live in-studio performance on KEXP 90.3FM; an appearance on Plastic Jet Airline, an online music variety show in the PNW.
Golden Gardens' tracks have received radio love from around the globe on stations including WZBC Boston, WFNX Phoenix, Sydney's 94.5 FM, Munich's 92.4 FM, as well as the internationally-renowned listener-powered Seattle radio station KEXP 90.3 FM. Reign single "Extrasolar Heartbeat" was included on the August 2016 KEXP "Music That Matters" podcast and has received airplay on 107.7 The End. Tracks "Mirror of Silver" (single), "The Ghost of a Total Stranger" (Bellflower), and "Transparent Things" (How Brave the Hunted Wolves) have all been selected by John Richards for his Song of the Day podcast series on KEXP. "The Ghost of a Total Stranger" was featured on the Summer 2014 Under The Radar Magazine digital sampler and "Transparent Things" was also included on French Vice-subsidiary Hartzine's Summer 2012 mixtape. Golden Gardens has shared the stage with a number of national and international performers including 2:54, NAVVI, Juliana Barwick, Nite Jewel, Sister Crayon, Fly Moon Royalty, INVSN, Goodbye Heart, Suzanne Perrt of Love Spirals Downwards, Prom Queen, La Luz, NEGATIVLAND, and Jason Webley.
"Undeniably enchanting and mythical soundscapes ... incredibly dreamy." - KEXP
"Seattle's premier goth-gaze-techno outfit... beamed in from a European metropolis circa 1989, blurring elements of Durutti Column, Cranes, and '90s German techno from the Tresor label." - Dave Segal, The Stranger
"Aubrey Bramble’s spectral voice [is] the pitch-perfect soundtrack for an apocalyptic prom... Songs for empty cities, flashing lights, the rain turning into ice." - Nada Mucho
"Nearly equals Beach House for affecting, gothy/gauzy textures." - Kyle Fleck, The Stranger
"A welcome mixture of mystery and magic—some sort of love child of Phantogram and Purity Ring—equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking. " - Seattle Weekly
I'll Burn Alone
Written By: Aubrey Bramble,Gregg Neville
nothing will ever break
my heart again
i'm still standing
nothing will ever break
my heart again
Bellflower EP - release date December 10, 2013; self-released; currently available for streaming at http://goldengardens.bandcamp.com/album/bellflower.
Narcissus EP - released June 11, 2013 on Neon Sigh, currently available for streaming at http://goldengardens.bandcamp.com/album/narcissus.
How Brave The Hunted Wolves - released November 13, 2012 on Neon Sigh, currently available for streaming at http://neonsigh.bandcamp.com/album/how-brave-the-hunted-wolves. *The track "Transparent Things" was the KEXP Song of the Day on 2/1/2013.
Between the Siren and the Amulet - released August 2011, currently available for streaming at http://goldengardens.bandcamp.com/album/between-the-siren-and-the-amulet.
The Somnambulist Remixes EP - released June 2011 on Automation Records.
Somnambulist EP - released December 2010, currently available for streaming at http://goldengardens.bandcamp.com/album/somnambulist-ep.