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Steve Gunn

The Unseen In Between


Jan 16, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Steve Gunn is indie rock’s best kept secret. Across three studio albumsand now a fourth, with his latest, The Unseen In BetweenGunn has resuscitated stylistic elements of guitar playing in a similar vein of J.J. Cale, Jim O’Rourke circa Bad Timing, and a little Jerry Garcia. The latter isn’t so much schlepped on Gunn’s body of work as it is a sincere and audacious truth. Gunn has studied from guitar-playing iconoclasts and has become fluent in the process.

This is in no way an idealistic claim of “main saves music with guitar”no, Gunn has surpassed that cliché with minimal effort. His work is at times pastoral and homegrown, other times psychedelic and hypnotic. Gunn curates a careful balance of lavish instrumentation with spinning vocal melodies that sound as if they’ve been lost in a dusty pile of obscure 45s in a vinyl hoarder’s basement.

Gunn is capable of translating melodies on his guitar’s fretboard that leave the listener transfixed at its mere beauty and enthralled by its complexity; The Unseen In Between finds Gunn drifting from the loose aesthetic of its predecessors for something more direct and well-sculpted. Even so, on songs like “New Moon” and “Stonehurst Cowboy,” Gunn’s technical work slaps a blindfold on you, leading you through a puzzling world of folk-inspired guitar work that Gunn has crafted on his lonesome.

And though the current climate of both instrumental and instrumental-heavy guitarists is indeed crowded with the likes of Ryley Walker, William Tyler, and Daniel Bachman, what stands out most about Gunn is his ability to craft emotional-and more often than not, enduringvocal melodies that give his instrumental work a strong frame to work off of. (

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January 16th 2019

Nice and great i like this good one

Very interesting!