Gary Fulton’s latest album Waterfalls and Waves is an accomplished set of catchy, rhythmic songs that will start your feet tapping.
Opening song Black Moon has a simple but highly infectious riff that drives the song really well and sets the tone for the rest of this guitar pop collection. There are slower songs as well which preserve variety in approach as we near the end of the album. This first track is my favourite though and had me singing along after a couple of listens.
These are songs with melody and craft in abundance. The production from Ian Scanlan is very clean and accessible to the casual listener making the songs stand out well.
The sound is reminiscent of the new wave pop approach of Dave Edmunds at times and is at its best on the faster hook laden tracks. The slower song Northern Lights makes me think of Christy Moore and is a pleasing contrast to the driving guitar approach of the pacier songs.
Gary is Cheshire based and has released four previous albums. This attests to his experience and also his accomplished approach to making music. Lyrics are evocative and touch on the biblical at times. This is a set of songs full of imagery that paint pictures. At times meaning might be clearer with fewer words as occasionally there can be a rushed quality to the lyrical delivery.
The song Spellbound takes a more acoustic approach. This is a mellow and dreamy song that is another highlight of this release.
In summary this fifth album from Gary Fulton is a pleasing collection of well-crafted songs that has quality and polish. It is well worth seeking out and supporting this excellent musician.
Denis Parkinson is a singer songwriter based in Liverpool. He performed at Liverpool Acoustic Festival 2016 and Threshold Festival 2016. He performed at the Liverpool Acoustic Kazimier Garden afternoon as part of LIMF 2015 and played at the Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, for We Shall Overcome 2015. He was a finalist in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2014 and 2015. He plays regularly in and around Liverpool and has a longstanding enthusiasm for music of all kinds. In 2015 he released an album titled “Liverpool Skyline”. In real life he works as a lecturer at University of Liverpool.