On his second ever single release to date, Moxley Rey joins forces with Nashville-based alt-pop artist/ songwriter Jeff Carl for their new collaboration, “Garden.” A healthy blend of soothing indietronica, left-of-centre pop and euphoric EDM, Moxley Rey’s chameleonic production style perfectly propels Carl’s pensive and hopeful vocal lines. Listen to the mellow track below and under that read a quote from both artists on their thoughts behind “Garden”, and happy Sunday!
“I had written a song called “Garden” and wanted to just get a nice vocal demo of it, so I showed Drew Southwell, Josh’s brother, at the end of a session I had with him in LA, and he kindly recorded my vocals for it, and that was that. On to the proverbial hard drive it went. Months later, Drew circled back expressing interest in the song for this new producer project for his brother Josh, called Moxley Rey, and I loved the idea, and now here we are, in all our collaborative glory.” – Moxley Rey
“Basically, “Garden” is trying to capture the emotional juxtaposition of the moment in a dying relationship when you start to realize it’s over. On one hand, you’re happy to finally acknowledge what you’ve known for a while, that the ship’s going down, but on the other hand, you’re remembering your entire history with someone that you love. That’s why I was obsessed with the imagery of a garden, something that literally represents time, energy, and investment. You spend so much time toward the end of a relationship, as you should, fighting to make things work or trying anything possible to find hope for survival, but there’s this beautifully sad moment when I think the relationship officially dies when you stop trying. When you let go of your grip. I was imagining this scenario of, from a distance, seeing your partner flirting with someone inside of this garden, and instead of the usual feelings of betrayal, jealousy, possessiveness, or anger, you actually kind of secretly feel relieved, cause it means your partner is starting to let go too. You feel the weight of your history together, and it’s sad, but you also feel the first glimmer of light peeking through from the future, a future where you and your partner are happy again, just not with each other.“– Jeff Carl