Since dropping first track ‘Emiter’ and ‘Tell Me Again’, Liverpool five-piece Gulf have received their fair share of well-deserved buzz, despite being publicity shy. Unveiled after their recent confinement in the studio, new single ‘Ocean’ doesn’t stray far from past tracks, with its summery psychedelia still proving exactly why their sound is so infectious. Its full to the brim with gentle drum beats, airy synths and soothing vocals, whilst heavily packed with swooning guitars, due to the three guitarists dominating the band’s sound. Despite the allure of its minimalist sound, the band construct a complex rhythm section, which is hidden by their effortlessly sounding shimmer of layered guitars.
Perhaps less funk focussed than past tracks, it’s more pop centred with delicious, kaleidoscopic hooks. With building tempos towards the end of the track, it fits the bands description of a “mini-psych symphony in two parts”, as separate tempos and fragmented psych-guitar sections surge together, whilst also remaining to stand-alone.
Released at the perfect time, with early festivals and bbqs appearing, the track is sure to be found on most summer playlists.
Having booked slots for their first festival season at renowned festivals such as Field Day, Latitude, The Secret Garden Party and Tramlines, it can only mean one thing, Gulf’s name and sound is being heard and is soon to be loved widely.
Gulf will play:
- Liverpool, Kazmier (18/6)
- Wrexham, Central Station (19/6)
- Suffolk, Latitude Festival (19/7)
- Huntingdon, The Secret Garden Party (23-26/7)
- Sheffield, Tramlines (25/7)