Out today are the reissues of the two Vacant Gardens albums, first released in 2020 (Under the Bloom) and 2021 (Obscene), along with a 7″ of previously unreleased new material recorded at the same time as the LPs. Both tracks from the 7″ and Obscene are now also available on streaming services for the first time.

Watch the Jem Fanvu directed video for ‘Three Herons’ here or below

As you may now already be aware, Vacant Gardens is Glenn Donaldson (of The Reds, Pinks and Purples and a hundred others) and Jem Fanvu, collaborating on music and with the latter responsible for vocals and lyrics. The project began with the idea of combining heavy fuzz and slow-mo drum machine beats with Fanvu’s gentle almost trad-folk style vocals. Almost all of Donaldson’s otherworldly sounds are achieved through layers of guitar fuzz and copious delay, while Fanvu offers an ideal counterpoint, taking the listener on a celestial melancholy trip with her opaque poetry and melodies.

So inspired were the duo by this blend of styles, they immediately recorded at least two albums of material, Under the Bloom and Obscene, released in quick succession in 2020 and 2021 in swiftly-disappearing micro editions on the secretive Tall Texan label. With those records close-to-impossible to find at an affordable price, Tough Love are now reissuing both LPs on May 20th, alongside a  7″ containing two previously unheard songs recorded at the same time as the albums. The albums are pressed in editions of 500, and the 7″ 300, and all on transparent vinyl. If the records are unavailable from Bandcamp or Tough Love, please do ask your local indie store – i’d recommend World of Echo, South, Drift, Monorail or Resident.

Buy/stream/download here
Under the Bloom LP – BC / TL shop
Obscene LP – BC / TL shop
Field of Vines/He Moves Through 7″
BC / TL shop