I’m sure many of you out there have noticed that, as the years go by, your tastes change and you start to really appreciate the other side that music has to offer. Which is why when presented with something definitely outside of what I tend to be drawn into musically, I try to give it a real chance. Not long ago, I was sent over an artist to check out and since we are in these very odd times, I took the time to listen and the end result was something pretty cool and interesting. Allow me to introduce you to Gardening, Not Architecture.
This is the brainchild of Sarah Saturday. The history of how all this started is quite cool and interesting. After the demise of her punk band in 2005, Sarah began reworking the demos, and released a four-song EP in 2007 under the name Gardening, Not Architecture, which would eventually be shortened to G,NA. The songs began to circulate online, and soon there was pressure for Sarah to perform live. In 2008, she played the first two G,NA shows in Los Angeles. In 2009, she booked her first solo tour, performing with a bass guitar, backing tracks, and a homemade LED light wall. By early summer of 2009, she recorded the first full-length album, First LP. By the end of that year, she was touring full-time. Between 2009 and 2012, Sarah played nearly 300 shows as G,NA, touring the United States and Canada multiple times including two months on a side stage of the Warped Tour in 2010. Over the course of the next few years, and a move to Nashville, Sarah released two more albums. Her third album Fossils, also accompanied a full length film, which received much critical acclaim. Since that time, Sarah has kept busy with numerous projects including scoring for Film and TV.
The best part of finding out about Gardening, Not Architecture is that this is the perfect type of music for right now. There is something so casual yet moving in the way the music wafts over takes you away. It’s cinematic yet pop driven but not, in a mainstream pop way. There is definite depth to what’s in these songs and arrangements. The alternative/indie side of me really digs what I’ve heard. Sarah’s songs have a nice helping of melancholy but enough of an edge to make the bittersweet elements strike at your heartstrings. So, if you are looking for something to listen to and just drift away, I highly recommend taking up Gardening, Not Architecture.