Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
7.30pm / 18+ show
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UK maverick songstress Gemma Ray has gone all out with her latest and most ambitious album Island Fire, out now on Bronze Rat. True to previous eclectic form, the album is a trip through Gemma’s ever-growing, over-flowing bag of tricks. From lavish orchestral alt- pop (“Bring Ring Ring Yeah”), to intimate stop-you-in-your-tracks tracks (“Flood And A Fire”), to bitter-sweet girl-group-sounds (“Put Your Brain In Gear”) to brooding psychedelia (“Make It Happen”) to a sci-fi waltz (“Rescue Me”), and much more besides. Runaway, is Link Wray’s guitar laid over a cheap drum machine, but bottle-rocketed to God Knows Where with a new level of posh, courtesy of vocal harmonies galore and runaway (yes, runaway) strings. It shouldn’t really make sense. On paper it probably doesn’t. But that’s the whole point of being taken by surprise, right?
Gulp are Guto Pryce , Lindsey Leven and a Roland MC-505 box donated to them by a kind yogi. They are joined by Gid Goundrey on guitar to enrich a sound which has been described as cinematic, dazzling and hypnotic.
Guto is bass player in Super Furry Animals and more recently toured with Sonic Boom's Spectrum and psych-folk legend Mark Fry. Lindsey came from Scotland to Wales to study art and creates images, music and songs. She has previously played solo song and guitar based shows, you may have seen her play at Sŵn 2008. The Roland MC-505 makes beats and bleeps. Not much is known about its past.
Gulp's musical journey stemmed from Guto and Lindsey's travels through the Scottish Highlands, Wild West Wales and the Californian Desert. They found themselves inspired by landscapes and camaraderie, acoustic and electronic grooves, filmic sounds and sweet melodies.
June 2012 saw the release of their debut single, Game Love, which featured Guto's SFA bandmates Dafydd Ieuan on drums and Cian Ciaran on the mix plus special guest Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good) providing acoustic guitar and cello.
"a thing of eyeball popping beauty that deserves to have psychotropic palm leaves wafted at its feet (and then, ideally, eaten)" Artrocker 5 stars *****
"It's an amalgam of 21st-century electronic squiggles and vintage airy psych-folk, as contemporary as video games and as old as the hills" Spin.com
"(Game Love's) spooked demeanour suggests The Wicker Man getting fresh with Nancy Sinatra. That's Gulp: easy to swallow, hard to forget" Guardian Guide Pick of the Week