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The Unseen Inbetween

Steve Gunn

The Unseen Inbetween

Latest release from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and former member of Kurt Vile's backing band The Violators

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A masterclass in humanistic songrcraft
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    For guitar fans, there's an abundance of fine playing here, but the songwriter's aesthetic shift delivers listeners his most consistent album to date
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  3. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    A swirling, effortlessly artsy album with an almost surreal atmosphere you won’t soon forget
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  4. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It is a record that demands attention and close listening
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  5. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The former guitarist in Kurt Vile's backing band, Steve Gunn steps proudly into the spotlight on his latest solo record
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  6. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Should be the album where he steps out from the shadow of his contemporaries and establishes him as one of the most reliable singer-songwriters of his generation. His heart is in tune with that of a wanderer but his songwriting is firmly in place, ready to come out of obscurity
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Straightforward but elliptical; direct but enduringly rich; the unseen, in between. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Q

    This is music that's lived life and doesn't stay in the same spot for long. It's a revelation. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's understated excellence at best, perhaps a little inoffensive at worse, and entirely a continuation of the aesthetic the Brooklyn-based guitarist has honed for the last two years. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Like the man himself, ‘The Unseen in Between’ is full of complex twists, kinks and contradictions that offer more answers, well, not answers, but suggestions with each listen
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  11. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    The Unseen in Between is that Sunday afternoon moment of self-care that you need in your life
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  12. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Gunn curates a careful balance of lavish instrumentation with spinning vocal melodies that sound as if they've been lost in a dusty pile of obscure 45s in a vinyl hoarders basement
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  13. 7.5 |   The 405

    Has the potential to be a victim of its own naturalness; it’s such a finely-hewed record that people will step into its sound and enjoy it with such ease that they might take it for granted
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  14. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Though he rose to early acclaim as a fingerstyle guitarist, the singer/songwriter is steadily developing into a poignant lyricist, now chronicling the places and people he hopes to understand
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Perhaps because it’s so rare now that it’s almost commendable, Gunn manages to champion a guitar player’s most defining features without sounding embarrassing or dated
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  16. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    He might not be making sounds for fighting the many injustices of our current place and time, but Unseen in Between is nonetheless a solid compatriot against the confounding effect of going forward among them
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  17. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Continues Gunn’s quest for perfection within a limited sound
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  18. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Gunn has created a work of quiet, understated charm
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  19. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There is a 1960s psychedelic folk-rock feel to the tunes, layered acoustic guitars underpinning soaring electric guitars and vocals deep in the mix – his rather anonymous voice gains from Meg Baird’s backing vocals
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  20. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Kicks Gunn up a gear, redeploying his influences into a left-field but welcoming whole, pearlescent enough as a background listen, but sufficiently arresting to make you stop and appreciate Gunn’s chops
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  21. 6.0 |   DIY

    It’s not a record that jumps out on the first listen, but ‘The Unseen In Between’ works as an effective relaxant
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