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Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather

From NPR:
“Way Out Weather marks the completion of Steve Gunn‘s transformation from a master guitarist into a songwriter who can trust in his own voice and arrangements as much as his spectacular fretwork. He’s thrown open the windows and let the light in, as he embraces pristine, lush production that makes guitars sparkle and drums crack. Way Out Weather finds Gunn setting out to explore the world, but not everything he sees is to his liking. Although the songs’ intertwining guitars evoke the pastoral, they often operate as a foil for the urgent observations that work their way into Way Out Weather. Harsh winds, dead soil, hellish heat; the products of a changing climate appear throughout. These worrisome signs stretch beyond the environmental: In “Milly’s Garden,” Gunn looks toward someone whose “faith is savage” and whose “mind is damaged,” while on “Shadow Bros,” he pursues something to “relax your mind.” But if Gunn is distressed by what he’s found on his journeys, he never suggests panic. His voice has never sounded stronger, as he glides effortlessly between an airy croon and an earthy baritone. Way Out Weather concludes with its biggest surprise: Gunn’s heaviest track to date, “Tommy’s Congo” is a jungle of whirling, thumping percussion that churns beneath a spiraling, angular guitar riff. It bears little resemblance to anything else Gunn has recorded, and it’s a gorgeous farewell: a testament to Gunn’s adventurous spirit and a reminder that we have no idea where we might find him next.”
Way Out Weather is out now via Paradise Of Bachelors; listen to “Tommy’s Congo” below.


About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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