In the time since their last release, Siesta Del Sol, the landscape of the world had a pandemic makeover. Rather than letting circumstances dictate their direction and possible demise, the rally of prevailing optimism became Motel’s M.O.
The harvest of real-life experiences and emotions became a feast for their latest 10-song masterpiece, and this album is a reflection on what’s most important in life: relationships with loved ones, mental and physical health and finding appreciation and love for every moment, every circumstance.
The Garden is a solid listen front to back, with notables like the slow-strut but deceivingly upbeat “Me & My Sunshine,” the brisk morning stroll of “Automatic” and the twice-baked soulful “Happiness Pie.”
As we ease into the swirls of seasonal transition, we trade Popsicles for pumpkin-spiced libations in anticipation of autumn’s reprieve, where the crisp-cool elation of prevailing optimism is ripe for the picking.
– Chris Rucker