Warm, dreamy synthpop team-up
Self-described as a “garage space-pop band”, Cardiff outfit Gulp is fronted by Lindsey Leven and Super Furry Animal Guto Pryce, and joined by guitarist Gid Gourney and various “friends” on drums including, but not limited to, Stuart Kidd, Kliph Scurlock (The Flaming Lips) and Gwion Lleweyln. Quite a team then.
Using their various synths and a mix of acoustic and electric drums, Gulp make fuzzy upbeat synthpop. Their new single ‘Morning Velvet Sky’ is “a song about dawn”, awash in warm arpeggios and Leven’s delightfully soft vocals, it was mixed by Norwich’s very own Luke Abbot. It’s available digitally right now, but it’s also getting its own 12-inch release on 1 December through the ELK label, and features remixes by Beyond The Wizards Sleeve’s Richard Norris. There’s a full-length on the way, expected sometime next year.
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Leven is originally from Scotland, and moved to Cardiff where she crossed paths with Pryce at a Christmas “psych party”. From there the two of them formed Gulp, with the name of the band coming from combining both of their initials. They toured the UK earlier in the year and played at a bunch of festivals that included Kendal Calling and Liverpool Sound City. Gulp describe their music as “like a road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies”. With a line-up as impressive as theirs, we’re looking forward to hearing their new album in 2018.
‘Morning Velvet Sky’ is out on ELK