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Posted May 1st, 2012 (1:15 am) by Janelle Sheetz
The Rare Plants Garden provides whimsy folk
The Rare Plants Garden provides whimsy folk
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The Rare Plants Garden is indeed rare—while the sound harkens back to the psychedelic '60s and '70s, this is not a nostalgic duo. In fact, in the electronic age, the use of live instruments is refreshing.

The Rare Plants Garden is a Russian duo made up of artists 813 and Nienvox, who got together after a mutual interest in each other's creativity.

The Rare Plants Garden has a nice indie-folk sound with a mix of instruments most comparable to Sufjan Stevens. They compare themselves to psychedelic rock—which isn't too far off—but they are a little more mellow than that. The music is more in line with the softer sounds of the '60s, still evoking that sense of psychedelia but peacefully, even bordering on whimsical and dreamy. Think along the lines of The Beatles' experimental era. The songs are full of light, airy strings. Some, such as "Sea Song," delve into a more exotic feel, while "Supadj" features a soulful guitar. Still, though, everything remains light and airy throughout.

The songs are all skillfully composed, as well, with everything meshing together nicely. The sound may be a bit raw—it actually sounds a bit like an old record, especially on opener "Lato M"—but it fits with the mood of the songs and is far from a detractor.

Their self-titled debut is available on Bandcamp as a name-your-price download.

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