10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gap Dream is Gabriel Fulvimar, one of those wizards like John Vanderslice who make music bursting at the seams pretty much on their own while sounding like a four-piece band. This is the second outing from Fulvimar, an Ohio native now in SoCal. While it moves on from the retro-garage sound of his self-titled debut, Shine Your Light keeps that vibe of being well marinated in Those Who Came Before. Here we’ve got hints of ELO, The Kinks, and Kraftwerk, to name a few, with whooshing synths carving enticing grooves that are impossible to leave—just try stopping “Shine Your Love” or “Chill Spot” before they end. Fulvimar’s double-tracked, reverbed voice beams in from some other plane. Intersecting synths of differing breeds (rhythm keepers, regal faux trumpets, dance floor inducements, vintage B-movie strays) dominate Shine Your Light, rendering guitars almost useless on tunes like ”Fantastic Sam.” That song is all playful swagger, with echoing percussive thuds, handclaps, and buoyant keyboards; you hardly notice the lack of guitar. When it does show up, gritty and trailing some garage rock vapors from another time, it’s just an added treat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gap Dream is Gabriel Fulvimar, one of those wizards like John Vanderslice who make music bursting at the seams pretty much on their own while sounding like a four-piece band. This is the second outing from Fulvimar, an Ohio native now in SoCal. While it moves on from the retro-garage sound of his self-titled debut, Shine Your Light keeps that vibe of being well marinated in Those Who Came Before. Here we’ve got hints of ELO, The Kinks, and Kraftwerk, to name a few, with whooshing synths carving enticing grooves that are impossible to leave—just try stopping “Shine Your Love” or “Chill Spot” before they end. Fulvimar’s double-tracked, reverbed voice beams in from some other plane. Intersecting synths of differing breeds (rhythm keepers, regal faux trumpets, dance floor inducements, vintage B-movie strays) dominate Shine Your Light, rendering guitars almost useless on tunes like ”Fantastic Sam.” That song is all playful swagger, with echoing percussive thuds, handclaps, and buoyant keyboards; you hardly notice the lack of guitar. When it does show up, gritty and trailing some garage rock vapors from another time, it’s just an added treat.

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About Gap Dream

Gap Dream's fuzzy, eclectic pop is the project of Gabe Fulvimar, who grew up in Ohio listening to indie legends like Sonic Youth and Pavement. Fulvimar spent his teens and twenties playing in area bands, including an early version of the Black Keys, while also working on his own music, including the Krautrock-inspired project Warm. A fateful 2010 meeting with the Burger Records crew during one of the label's Burgermania package tours led to Fulvimar recording in earnest, inspired by the psych pop of Conspiracy of Owls. He continued to talk to the label team, ultimately sending them some of his demos; Burger was impressed enough to release Gap Dream's self-titled album via cassette in January 2012, and give the band a spot in its SXSW showcase that year (Suicide Squeeze issued the album on CD later that year). After moving to California to be closer to the Burger crew, Fulvimar collaborated with Conspiracy of Owls/Go main man Bobby Harlow on the second Gap Dream album, Shine Your Light, which arrived in November 2013. Fulvimar returned with another Gap Dream album, This is Gap Dream, in July 2016. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Cleveland, OH

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