Recorded in his apartment in Brooklyn, Steve Gunn's offers up a delightful selection of refrains from solo guitar, spinning a tapestry of wandering phrases that slowly burrow into vast dream states. Along with subtle breaths of synth washes, the sound of cars passing and dogs barking outside, Steve's refreshingly human tracks pierce little glimmers of light in the opaque global situation. A real treat for old and new Steve Gunn fans alike.
Steve Gunn / guitar
Cover design by Oliver Barrett.
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1. Spring in Brooklyn 1 - 7.55
2. Spring in Brooklyn 2 - 7.47
3. Spring in Brooklyn 3 - 9.43
Steve Gunn has been a stalwart of the American experimental scene for closing in on a decade. He has a prodigious talent for fusing traditional american song structures with a raga influence and is known by many for his contributions as one half of the core duo behind GHQ (with Marcia Bassett) as well as for his many other affiliations with underground luminaries such as Tom Carter, The Magik Markers and Marc Orleans. Steve's previous appearances here at OTO have been a joy to watch and it's a real pleasure to have him back.
A sometime-guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators and one half of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, Gunn is offering the same kind of shelter on new album Time Off, a collection of six loose, spiralling guitar songs that give more than they ask: These are generous compositions, gently presented. Gunn’s a descendent of the Dead, but also of J.J. Cale and La Monte Young and Bert Jansch and Frank Hutchinson, and his guitar playing has a mesmeric quality, a tender circling that feels almost like being swaddled" Pitchfork
"Over the last 15 years, Steve Gunn has established a reputation as a fine guitarist in the vein of American primitives such as John Fahey, exploring folk stylings with an added dusting of jazz, minimalism and raga. Google, and you’ll probably find him listed as a player in Kurt Vile’s band. Go deeper, and he’ll be referenced as an improvisational, blues-based player. The word “deconstruction” may appear" - Uncut