“The Unseen In Between is a reflection of his tireless dedication, an album of memorable songs and deep humanity.” – STACK, Simon Winkler
“Gunn delivers his most sumptuous record yet, a healthy sprig of new growth amid his serpentine skills.” – Bandcamp, Album of the Day
“Rock’s best kept secret”– Rolling Stone
“Gunn paints portraits of people through song—breathing life into forgotten stories and passing moments with his lyrics and infusing a level of spirituality and oneness into each and every stroke of his guitar.” – Paste Magazine
Steve Gunn’s new album, The Unseen In Between, is now out via Matador / Remote Control Records.
For over a decade, Steve Gunn has been one of American music’s most pivotal figures — conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced). Gunn is known for telling other people’s stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, TheUnseenInBetween, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the way — the work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunn’s standing in the pantheon of the era’s great songwriters.
Getting to The Unseen In Between itself was not easy for Gunn. In the summer of 2016, Gunn released Eyes On The Lines, his winning and elliptical debut for Matador. It should have been a triumphant moment, but exactly two weeks later, Gunn’s father and namesake died following a two-year struggle with cancer. During his sickness, he and his son had connected as never before, listening to one another’s experiences and understanding one another’s perspectives; they became not father and son but real friends.
The Unseen In Between is a gorgeously empathetic record that attempts to recognise the worries of the world and offer some timely assurance. It is a revelatory and redemptive set, offering the balm of understanding at a time when that seems in very short supply.