Steve Gunn

artwork by George Gillies

Mistletone proudly presents an intimate solo tour by brilliant New York-based guitarist and songwriter, Steve Gunn

STEVE GUNN TOUR DATES:

Wednesday 12 October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD with Andrew TuttleTickets
Thursday 13 October – Eltham Hotel, Eltham NSW with Mylee Grace * Tickets
Friday 14 October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC with Andrew Tuttle Tickets
Saturday 15 October – The Great Club Marrickville, Sydney NSW with Andrew Tuttle + John Sharkey III Tickets
Wednesday 19 October – Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (Sol LeWitt: Affinities and Resonances) Tickets
* presented by Jet Black Cat Music

With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve Gunn has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings, steadily processing his inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Close listening reveals the influence of blues, folk, ecstatic free jazz, and psych in his continually unfolding output.

Steve Gunn returns to Australia in the wake of Other You, his sixth studio album released last year by Matador / Remote Control; a shined-up, mid-sixties pop apotheosis in a state of high songwriting accomplishment. Other You is a journey that can’t help but summon up Gunn’s debut Way Out Weather in its transformative ambition and refreshing set of ideas about what was interesting about psychedelia, a love for the guitar as an instrument, melody, timbral originality, a keen ear for production. 

Gunn’s voice and lyrics take a new front seat on Other You, right where we can hear them. There’s a person inhabiting these songs, a subjectivity, not just one of the best guitarists in contemporary music, not just a reporter with a winsome observational genius, here, a singer-songwriter, with a first-person voice, even if the songs seem rarely or only glancingly confessional. Now we have beautiful shimmering melodies, great melodies, and also that aching voice, at the tenor edge, and harmonies, singing up front. 

You could imagine listening to Other You on a trans-continental rail journey, or while summiting a mountain range, or while going through an enormous stack of your grandparents’ snapshots, or while baking a cake that has no particular occasion, or while sitting out a pandemic, or while realising, looking out that window, that it’s okay to set aside your regrets, in this beautiful, hovering now, and listen. 

Other You features contributions from friends and fellow artists including Julianna BarwickMary LattimoreBridget StJohnJeff Parker and Bill MacKay. This collaborative spirit carried into 2022 with Nakama, an EP of reworkings and reimaginings featuring Mdou MoctarNatural Information SocietyCircuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth.