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What do you get when you put a Super Furry Animal with a sultry songstress? Well, if Season Sun is anything to go by, you get to go on a sonic-infused trip through sun-kissed landscapes via a collection of beautifully thought out songs. Gulp was formed by Super Furry Animals' bassist Guto Pryce and singer Lindsey Leven, and together they have created a unique sound that blends together an almost folk-inspired backdrop with fuzzed-up psychedelic bass guitars and synths.

The album welcomes you in with opening song 'Game Love', with its fuzzy bass that is then broken apart by the dreamy, lust-fuelled vocals of Leven that float over the technicolor landscape of bright sounds and sonic oohs and aahs. It sets you up for the mystical sun-drenched adventure that you are about to embark on, and you quickly realise that it was imperative that this album had to come out in July. It's a summer album through and through. Listening to it in December would be a totally different experience. It needs the warmth and light of the sun to work.

The album then blooms with 'Let's Grow' and 'Clean and Serene', which are both underlined by the same psychedelic sonic punch that drives the album. 'Clean and Serene' seeps in with the haunting line "how does it feel when you know it's a lie? It's all a mystery" and marks one of the moments when Pryce and Leven's vocals really support one another and merge and build together. It's underpinned by funked-up beat and dance inducing synth patterns.

Yet, it is 'Vast Space' that proves to be one of the highlights of the album. It pounds in full throttle and brings to mind the idea of riding on horseback through some cult Tarantino film. It is driven almost entirely by its pounding drums (provided by former Horse Races drummer Gwion Llewellyn) whilst Leven's vocals sound as hypnotic, haunting and mysterious as ever as she whispers "open up the door and let the fun begin." Think Goldfrapp meets spaghetti westerns in some sonic desert. Somehow, it really works.

Lead single 'Seasoned Sun' brings another shade to the landscape that Gulp have created, and is the perfect road trip soundtrack. It suddenly hits you with a short fuzzed up bass riff which is then contrasted with a floating, sun-kissed chorus and lets the light soar right through it. This is then followed up by the most experimental track on the album, 'Play' which beckons you 'to come out and play' with childlike ease but with a sinister feel underpinning it all, whether that be the hypnotic vocals or the voodoo drumbeat, it's hard to know. But it's exciting and hard to resist.

The album is brought together by the slightly strange 'I Want To Dance'. It is clear that Lindsey Leven is desperate for romance and to dance, but it is hard to know how you would dance to this song. Maybe perform some kind of deranged country shuffle? It's a bit baffling really and doesn't really add much to the sonic landscapes the rest of the album worked so hard to create. Until the end of the track, that is, which grows into a totally different beast of strange sounds and which creates a totally other-worldly feel, which is almost extra-terrestial.

Season Sun is a wonderfully charming mix of interesting sounds and textures, featuring plenty of psychedelic and folk inspired harmonies that will grow and seep into your senses and leave you pining for a spontaneous summer road trip. This is an album that will draw you into its world.

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