On new standalone single "Clean", the Montreal four-piece Gulfer return with their signature style of glimmering, propulsive, and emotionally driven indie-rock. The dial is turned to a slightly darker tone with lyrics that hint towards a surrealist and fictional story of an employee on the run after taking the life of their boss.
Photo credit: Noémie Plante
“Nicki ties up looser ends / goes to work and then comes home again / when you work all day and watch the boss get paid / no nice heart last long in this game".
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Recommended if you like: Pup, Joyce Manor, Hotline TNT, Ovlov, atmospheric indie rock with hints of punkish pop
Of the video, Gulfer's guitarist and vocalist Joe Therriault writes,
"The choice for us to set the video by the pool was a way for us to twist some of the song’s darker lyrics (There were two ports in the storm / fish him out in his uniform) into something bright and upbeat – that tension between the lyrics and the instrumentation is part of the song itself "
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The song’s eerie and nightmarish sense of imagery is intentionally left to be uncertain as the band subtly pushes their narrative scope. "At this point in our career, I realized the songs could be about anything," says guitarist and vocalist, Vincent Ford. Even still, the gentle and melodic sensibility that has made Gulfer a cult favorite still shines brighter than ever.
"Clean" cover art, by Robert Voyvodic
Lastly, for you physical media appreciators, we've recently re-pressed the Gulfer classics Dog Bless and S/T on vinyl. They're in-stock and shipping now in our shop!
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