“The band’s first release sounds anything but; the four tracks zing with gorgeous pop lines accompanied by folk, rock and dream pop tones, whilst Ines’ vocals turn chameleon like from ethereal to earthy in a heartbeat” - Jane Ireland
Forgotten Garden are an Indie Rock band (duo+guests) with dark/gothic post-punk tendencies. Occasionally they also wander from the path of post-punk righteousness into more acoustic territory. The haunting vocals are provided by Inês whilst Danny plays most of the instruments. Both live in the north of Scotland although Inês originally comes from Portugal. They started working together in 2019.
The Broken Pieces EP that dropped in September 2020 was Forgotten Garden's first release. It contains four tracks based around the theme of a relationship breakdown. Claudia Mendes of The Other Side Reviews said “Forgotten Garden takes you through four stages of a relationship breakdown on their hauntingly beautiful EP Broken Pieces. Covering you in a synth blanket, the band uses haunting lyrics, airy vocals and some rock guitar lines to paint vivid images”
On July 23rd 2021 Screamlite Records released a new single by Forgotten Garden entitled “Jessica”. This is a new song about one woman's search for inner peace after suffering domestic trauma. It will be paired with “Broken Pieces” (Natural Mix) - a re-mix that previously only had very limited availability.
The music of Forgotten Garden is mostly inspired by post-punk bands such as The Cure and Joy Division and earlier bands like The Doors. Inês's vocals are influenced by some of her favourite artists like Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, Chelsea Wolfe, Weyes Blood, Kelsey Lu and Warpaint.
PRESS RELEASE - JESSICA
TAKE ANOTHER STROLL IN THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN
New Single JESSICA will be released on 23rd July 2021
In the Highlands of Scotland, amongst the hills and glens, something has been growing in the Forgotten Garden. On 23rd July it will finally be released into the wilds. It is Forgotten Garden's new single Jessica!
Jessica is a sad, haunting song in typical Forgotten Garden style. Danny of Forgotten Garden said of it "Jessica is a meditation on one woman's search for inner peace after suffering domestic trauma. It seeks to highlight the fact that traumas of this nature will often affect the mental state of victims, in some form, for life. This is summed up in the lines from the song “now she's always drifting away, blown by the winds of yesterday.” "
This was a tough song for Inês to sing but with great persistence she came up with her usual superlative performance. Her haunting vocals are complemented by Danny's wistful guitar and hooky synth lines. Holding it all together are Joe's solid drumming whilst the melodic bassline thunders along beneath it all.
Broken Pieces is a vulnerable and tender song that demonstrates just how strong Inês’ vocals are, with her voice moving from gentle and soft to a wonderfully passionate crescendo. This track also demonstrates Danny’s songwriting ability, with the obvious temptation to build to a big stadium rock finish one that is avoided to stick to the track’s beautifully haunting vibe. The re-mix of Broken Pieces on the single is what we call the natural mix because it is less produced than the original version. We actually prefer the natural mix - although of course it's all a matter of taste!
Broken Pieces (Natural Mix)
Vocals - Vocals - Inês Dias Rebelo
Stringed Instruments/Keyboards – Danny Elliott
Drums – Joe Ituano