When I heard that Gulp were a side project of the Super Furry Animals my ears were perked and after a listen to the first track from new album All Good Wishes, it’s safe to say I was hooked. With a whole host of influences there, transcending genres, and countries it appears, Lindsey Leven and Guto Pryce have culminated a sound that fits a soundtrack at times, and at others haunts you with the delight of her dulcet vocal tones.
Formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, Lindsey Leven and their long standing guitarist Gid Goundrey, Gulp released their new album All Good Wishes on August 3rd via E.L.K Records, which is seen by some as their own aural vintage Scottish postcard, following their move north after Leven and Pryce saw the birth of their first child. Dreamy and psychedelic, synthesized yet haunting, All Good Wishes is partly a farewell to Wales and hello to Scotland as they set for their departure whilst making the record.
The first track hints at this, Search For Your Love, which with Leven’s husky vocals reminds me of singer Shea Seger, as well as Nina Persson from Swedish band, The Cardigans, there is a sense of longing throughout the song. Spend Time Right Here With You has the same haunting qualities as a Sumie Nagano track, with lyrics such as “we walk along the among the sunflowers, clasping my hand the future is ours” it’s suggestive of a move, a journey, a change. Culminating fairly short-form melodies with kraut-rock and synth, there is much to keep the listener engaged with this LP.
I Dream Of Your Song pulls you down a rabbit hole of electronic culture, and Goldfrappian vocals, whilst Beam could easily needledrop a Sci Fi manga erstwhile reminiscent of the subtleties of Darkside, Nicolas Jaar’s band. Pulsating with bass, it’s a beautifully rhythmic track.
The title track itself is all-encompassing, overwhelming and equally cinematic whereas Morning Velvet Sky has all the pacey elements of Man Machine or Autobahn from Kraftwerk, incorporating imagery about the sunshine that hits in the morning. Watching Ships is a mere vignette of pop track deep in magical metaphor, whereas Silver Tides lifts us from the dream, concluding the album with an intro not too dissimilar to a Django Django track, up tempo, it has your attention and your head moving, along with the silver tide.
All Good Wishes was out now on E.L.K Records.