Acoustic Unseen (ep)
So you’ve always been a Steve Gunn fan? Or you just caught up with the latest album? Either way – here’s a treat of a brand new acoustic EP which offers links back to his earliest work via interpretations of seven of the songs from the Unseen In Between album, here stripped back to just voice and acoustic guitar. Now, some of the Unseen songs were acoustic in their treatments anyway, but here some of the songs that had full-band arrangements are taken down to just solo renditions; perfect for anyone about to attend one of his shows on the solo tour; or just perfect anyway.
There’s a lovely version of Chance where the vocal does the melodic work and his deft fingerpicking is all across Luciana. The acoustic work doesn’t hide the darkness and heft in some of Gunn’s recent work (Paranoid) but there’s absolutely something dreamy about the opening versions of New Moon and Vagabond.
You could curl up in this. Drift. Off. Let the voice and guitar take you away.
In that way I see comparisons between Gunn and Richard Thompson; taking the same songs and making them twice. Both versions containing highlights. Both versions feeling definitive.
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