Devonian Gardens


A ray of light is glimmering in the underbelly of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After a debut self-titled LP with the old moniker Deadhorse, this reformed band of minstrels has solidified a lineup as Devonian Gardens. Carefully crafted garage jams, boisterously spaced-out vocal layers, their psychedelic medicine show is ethereal, colourful and filled with interplay.

Arriving via a number of acclaimed projects in the region, the moving parts of Devonian Gardens travel through time: hoodoo guitar master Danny Vescarelli, hand instrument mage Jennifer Crighton and the keys of paisley child Marie Sulkowski meld into a surreal concoction with the bass drawls of tonal shaman Ryan Bourne and the rarified patterns of drummer Melissa McWilliams.

Their latest full-length, Solar Shifting, was recorded in the secluded forests of Nova Scotia with analog wizard Jay Crocker. Final touches and two additional tracks were finished back home in Calgary. The group has toured the Great White North a few times over, appearing on bills alongside psych brethren Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Shooting Guns and Sleepy Sun. With the ethos of a modern-day Airplane, Devonian Gardens and their sonic strata are down to earth but deep in space.


“Formerly named Deadhorse, the group exudes a powerfully eclectic interplay between its members… as they traverse through West Coast inspired psych-folk, raved-up blues rock and arena-size psych jams that venture into deep space–sometimes within a single song” – Dog Gone Blog

“Psychedelic rock with enough emphasis on riffs and songcraft to satisfy the straight-forward rock crowd, and enough lysergic detail to make us more discerning psych-heads salivate uncontrollably – a winning formula that few get right” – The Active Listener

“Calgary’s Devonian Gardens are five of the sublimely experienced, and with Solar Shifting they exhibit the laid back devotion of a group that has done its own for years. The tools and accents are many, swarming the waves and sines with harp fuzz, gnarly 12-string twang, joyous reverb coil vibrations and divine five-part vocal harmonies (just to name a few). Deceivingly loose in its technicality, the pastel psychedelia preached here may very well iterate the decades of past, present and (!?) future. Devonian Gardens have found their sea legs.” – Weird Canada


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