The Garden are En Route to their fifth album
Written and Photographed by: Mica Kendall
The dynamic Shear twins are back with their newest single, “No Destination,” that will be featured in their brand new album called Mirror Might Steal Your Charm that comes out on March 30th which will be followed by both a European and North American tour.
What make this single so exciting to fans of the Vadaverse is how it serves as preview for what’s to come as a follow up to their staple album, Haha. Just from the release of “No Destination,” the Shears give fans a glimpse into the potential sound of their upcoming album that seems to both retain sonic elements from Haha and The Life and Times of a Paperclip but also displays a progressive departure into a newfound mature style to be incorporated into Mirror Might Steal Your Charm.
The release of the single was simultaneously accompanied by a new music video, which confirms how the Shear twins staple concept of the jester is still prevalent and well. The protagonist of the music video embarks on a journey across the California desert in a vintage convertible, alongside a trustworthy looking companion that is man’s best friend. Unlike The Garden’s foundational albums such as Everything Is Perfect and The Life and Times of a Paperclip, which audibly contained instrumental samples with short concise lyrics that were a mere minute or a couple of seconds, “No Destination” is a 4 minute track, which foreshadows the Shear twins’ approach to Mirror Might Steal Your Charm, with a correlative stylistic approach to Haha with an album full of songs with a lengthy duration.
The tone of “No Destination” seems to take a reminiscent sounding approach to the Garden’s popular hit, “Egg,” where it diverges away from the popular mosh worthy tracks the Garden are known for like “Call this # Now”, “All Smiles Over Here”, and “U want the Scoop?.” Instead, the Shear twins slow down the instrumental pace, while still preserving The Garden’s renowned heavy bass and steady drum beats. The song contains Garden-esque instrumentals with the beginning audio of an engine revving and the continuous melodic keyboard beat throughout the entire song accompanied by soothing synth instrumentals that kick in towards the midpoint of the song.
Lyrically the song seems to convey a sense of ease with embarking on a journey that has no endpoint. Emphasized with Wyatt’s triple repetitious hook “with no destination” and the conveyance of relishing the moment of a journey in “it’s not the destination/ the best of me/ it’s the journey I take to get there/that I take to get there.” “No Destination’ essentially gives off a dreamlike, carefree, and melodic feel that will make you want to take on life without a roadmap.
Overall, “No Destination” provides fans with a sense of optimism for what is to come on the 12 track album at the end of March. The Vada Vada musical philosophy seems to have only gotten stronger as the Shear twins have exponentially grown in popularity following the release of their last EP, U want the Scoop?, yet their creative process still retains its uniqueness in quality. Thus, if you have no predetermined destination after reading this review, I’d suggest taking a journey to the pre-order button for Mirror Might Still Your Charm available on Bandcamp and iTunes.