The band recorded the album at Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The group spent a month in the space working on the record, only leaving five times throughout the process. The album title, Dunes, was inspired by one of these ventures out of the studio to Michigan's sand and snow dunes.
With the album announcement, Gardens & Villa released the first single from the album, called "Bullet Train." The group also announced as well as a plethora of 2014 tour dates.