GUNN, STEVE – Time Off LP
Steve Gunn, a sometime-guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators and one half of the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, is offering the same kind of shelter on Time Off, a collection of six loose, spiraling 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 Janschand Frank Hutchinson, and his guitar playing has a mesmeric quality, a tender circling that feels almost like being swaddled. Which is not to belittle their potency, or Gunn’s craft: he’s a nimble, expressive guitarist and a pleasantly lackadaisical vocalist, singing, as he does, about his Brooklyn neighborhood, or water bumping a waterwheel into motion, or taking a certain path through a field. There’s an unrefined, organic quality to Gunn’s work that occasionally recalls Chicago stalwarts Califone or early Red Red Meat— a reinterpretation of “Americana” that allows for plenty of ingenuity (and requires no costuming).
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