What is this record? We — Cecil, Ben and Bly — wrote and recorded Botanica in 24 hours. We composed it with our eyes closed and without speaking to one another. The music sprouted through each of our scalps and bloomed into a coalescent flower. We imagine Botanica to be a single continuous song with seven succinct movements. The record recounts the formation, development and eventual fall of a garden adjacent to the Garden of Eden — in an infinite universe full of infinite gods, from how many gardens has life sprung?
released October 18, 2019
Gardener is the composite of:
Cecil Smith of PK Opal
Ben Swisher of Sen Wisher
Bly Wallentine of Bly Wallentine
Bly Wallentine — piano, clarinet, cornet, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, ukulele, drum programming, flute.
Cecil Smith — lyrics, synths, guitar, vocals, drum programming, guitar processing.
Ben Swisher — vocals, banjo, clarinet, bass clarinet, viola, flute, piano, organ, spoons, pots and pans, drum samples, guitar processing.
Album artwork and design by Cecil Smith.
Lettering and additional watercolor by Ben Swisher.
Recorded by Cecil Smith, Bly Wallentine, and Ben Swisher at Studio Studio Dada in February 2019 in Provo, Utah.
Primarily engineered and mixed by Bly with some help and feedback from Ben and Cecil along the way.
Mastered by Nicholas Wilbur at The Unknown in Anacortes, Washington.
Thanks to our friends at HIVE TAPE for supporting this album by managing duplication and distribution and design of the tape release for Botanica.