I’m an unabashed adorer of Bay Area psych rock juggernaut Burger Records. The label cemented itself in the consciousness of the uninitiated in 2012 with the breakthrough success of King Tuff’s self-titled LP on Sub Pop. This sent demand for Burger’s 2008 King Tuff release, Was Dead, soaring. The label has since reissued the album, which is currently sitting near the top of the College Radio charts. Burger has consistently churned out some of my favorite material from 2013 in Burnt Ones’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Wyatt Blair’s Banana Cream Dream, among others.
One criminally under-appreciated Burger release from 2012 was the debut, self-titled LP from Cleveland psych pop fuzzsters Gap Dream. The band drenched its melodic pop in reverb and echo in an addictive haze of marijuana-fogged perfection. I first became aware of Gap Dream late last year, when ToT favorites the Allah-Las stopped by Red Light Radio and played one of the band’s tracks during a guest DJ set. My intrigue grew into a passionate love affair earlier this spring when I watched Gap Dream transform its catchy pop hooks into an aggressive, guitar-heavy live set at Austin’s Hotel Vegas during SXSW.
Today, Burger dropped a video for Gap Dream’s latest single “Chill Spot.” The track is set for release on 7″ vinyl between a b-side, entitled “Peter’s Brother.” “Chill Spot” finds Gap Dream delving into more synth-heavy territory, without abandoning the pop hooks that got them this far. Watch the video below and grab your copy of this limited-edition wax while it’s still available.