Los Angeles’ Gardens & Villa have a new album on the way entitled Music For Dogs. Due out on August 21st through Secretly Canadian, the follow-up to last year’s Dunes is previewed today with the jaunty synthpop cut “Everybody”.
According to the duo, the song is about “visual culture and voyeurism” and was influenced by an Aziz Ansari skit that poked fun at how our human relationships are adversely affected by digital platforms like Facebook and Instagram. “Everybody wants to use you, watching you from afar/ Everybody wants the new you, no one cares who you are,” Gardens & Villa warn on the track’s chorus. Listen in below.
In an interview with Stereogum, the band spoke at length about “Everybody” and their thoughts on technology. It’s an interesting read:
For instance, the song “Everybody,” is kind of about visual culture and voyeurism. Especially something like Instagram. Aziz Ansari had a very funny sketch about this, and it influenced me to write that song, because I was going through the exact thing at the same time I heard Aziz Ansari’s sketch. He talks about how back in the day, when you went through a breakup, you’d be like “OK, we broke up, see you later.” If you don’t see someone, the heart has a chance to heal and you can go your separate ways and take time apart. Now, basically, in 1998 the equivalent would’ve been: She mailed you a box full of all the pictures of everything she’s doing and her with all these guys, and which one does she screw? You’re tempted, it’s right there and you can open up the box and look at all her pictures. Think about how ridiculous that would be in the ’90s, to be confronted with that idea. That’s what I mean — relationships right now are so different, and it can be so painful because you’re forced to look at each other. How weird is that? Everyone knows it’s fake. It’s a way of getting people to think you’re doing really cool stuff. It’s not just Instagram. It’s Facebook, and it’s everything else. Then there’s this weird, like, “OK, well I’m going to post this picture of me with this girl and she’s going to get really jealous!” It’s this stupid game that didn’t really exist as much before. It can be really intense to go through. Before social media, no one wanted to go through that shit. They didn’t have to. And now it’s this normal thing we all go through, and I think that’s part of what’s giving rise to the whole culture of no one wanting to commit to anything. Everyone wants to be open to everything and stay open to everything. It has its ups and downs, too. Before, someone would be like, “Let’s go to the movies at 7 tonight, I’ll meet you at the fountain.” And you would be there. Now it’s like, “OK, wait, let’s totally go to the movies tonight,” and you’re checking Instagram and you see, “Oh, no, there’s a party and look at all these people and it looks so fun, let’s go there!” and as you’re about to go that party you’re like, “Oh, shit, this band is playing here and I see the pictures and they look like they’re even more fun!” We’re constantly going from one thing to the next searching for the next thing that’s more fun or relevant or something.