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Jacco Gardner/The Houses 

When: Fri., March 22, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
Self-proclaimed “baroque pop multi-instrumentalist” Jacco Gardner is a 24-year-old Dutch songwriter well-versed in the ’60s psych tradition (he says his earliest songs were “bad Syd Barrett ripoffs”), but the sumptuous compositions on his first full-length, Cabinet of Curiosities, establish the skilled musician as psych luminary in his own right. While the fey vocals and sepulchral organ on “The Ballad of Little Jane” are steeped in Barrett’s spoilt, acid-drenched Victorian child legacy, the fractured pop of “Watching the Moon” and submerged melodic hooks of “Puppets Dangling” prove that Gardner can write a fine contemporary psych arrangement, predecessors be damned. Though some tracks get bogged down by Gardner’s “baroque” fripperies, his instrumental proficiency—he plays mellotron, harpsichord, organ, flute, violin and clarinet—should be fascinating live. (Hannah Franklin)


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