BY TIM HINELY
We know this much: he hails from Cleveland (though now apparently living in California); his name is Gabe Fulvimar; he was in an early incarnation of the Black Keys; and he met the Burger Records folks a few years back. It surely must have been a match made in heaven, as they released his debut album as Gap Dream a few years ago to much critical acclaim. There’s definitely a nod to ‘90s indie heroes like Spiritualized and Sonic Youth in his music and his mind continues to expand (insert drug reference here).
This time out Fulvimar collaborated with The Go main dude Bobby Harlow and this sophomore effort seems more cohesive, like a guy who was going in to a studio to make a record and not a loner-in-the-bedroom project, like the debut (which was a darn good one). First single “Shine Your Love” (not to be confused with the opening title track) has a real Brit feel to it with nods to both The Kinks and Syd Barrett while “Love is Not Allowed” soars and dives with what sounds like an array of 100 synthesizers. “Fantastic Sam” and “There’s Blood on the Stone” both pick up the pace a bit and add gobs of melody and don’t forget to hang until the end to catch the ending “Come Home” while you melt into your pillow. The only real misstep is the too-funky-for-its-own-good “Snow Your Mind”; otherwise Fulvimar has created another record that will appeal to a wide range of music fans as the indie rockers will give it a thumbs up as will the stoners, psych-mongers and electronic freaks, too.
DOWNLOAD: “Shine Your Love,” “Shine Your Light,” “”Love is Not Allowed,” “Fantastic Sam”