One of the things I like best about Burger Records is that their artists appear to be doing their own thing with no interference—only encouragement—from the label. And the Burger guys have good taste, at least if you're into psych, garage, and power pop, though I haven't heard it all as they've been on a bit of a tear lately, with a lot more to come before the end of the year.
That includes the sophomore release from Gap Dream, which doesn't hit the streets until November, but the first single, "Chill Out," is available now. I have a soft spot for woozy, hazy, bedroom pop, and this thing fits the bill, but the Jack Sample-directed video is so goofy I can't tell if it's an embarrassment, a work of art, an accidental tribute to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure... or what.
The scenario consists entirely of main man Gabriel Fulvimar and his bro* wandering around Southern California in some primo hesher gear—yellow shades, black leather vest, beaucoup buttons, ever-present joint (the better to sing with)—even a Burger t-shirt (I think Bree will appreciate Fulvimar's ABBA model).
Fulvimar has been inspiring YouTube's peanut gallery to do some of their best work. My favorite comments include "He is like a stoned Russell Brand with a disco twist" and "He smoked a lot of doobies that day." Fulvimar and May appear to be having an awesome time, so I don't mean to harsh their mellow, but... man.
*Bobby May, "Burger Records OG employee" who plays bass on the new record.
Check out the fuzztastic album cut "Fantastic Sam" via Soundcloud below.
(After reading up on the Fullerton-based Fulvimar, I've gotta say, I like a lot of the same stuff he does: Can, Giorgio Moroder, Fripp and Eno, and the Ohio Express.)
The "Chill Spot" 7" is out now. Burger releases Shine Your Light on Nov 12. Gap Dream plays Neumos as part of the Burgerama Caravan of Stars. More info here.