New Release & Video: Steve Gunn – Acoustic Unseen / Unseen Anthology

Steve Gunn today releases Acoustic Unseen on Matador Records, a new EP of intimate acoustic versions of songs from his latest album, The Unseen In Between. Following a year of worldwide touring and road testing the songs with a full band and in solo performances, the 9-track collection presents a spellbinding perspective on this stately set – disclosing the songs’ rich individual elements in Gunn’s dexterous and lyrical guitar style.

“After being on the road with the band since January,” says Gunn, “I wanted to spend an afternoon capturing the songs from The Unseen In Between as I originally wrote them, with just me and my acoustic. Mid-year, I went back to the great Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn, and played through the songs in their most basic form. It felt good.”

Take a listen to the EP below…

Accompanying the EP release is short compilation film ‘Unseen Anthology’. Directed by The Mitcham Submarine and edited by James Harman, the 12-minute film weaves together footage from touring, live sessions, official and unofficial music videos – including a breathtaking session for Toutpartout in a transformed convent in Ghent, on the road footage captured on a Fisher Price camera by Steve and his band, and acoustic videos filmed across London, including a Cecil Court bookshop. Taken together, it’s an engrossing, one-stop-shop live document of an artist in need of little more than a guitar and his voice to conjure a transfixing atmosphere, and an arresting visual companion to the EP. Watch ‘Unseen Anthology’ below…

Gunn rounds out 2019 with a run of West Coast dates opening for Dinosaur Jr., followed by solo shows in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. A full upcoming live schedule can be found below…

18/10 – Austin, TX, US – Lambert’s
20/10 – Tulsa, OK, US – Duet Jazz
23/10 – Seattle, WA, US – The Showbox
24/10 – Vancouver, BC, CA – Commodore
25/10 – Bellingham, WA, US – Wild Buffalo
26/10 – Portland, OR, US – Wonder Ballroom
28/10 – San Francisco, CA, US, Slim’s
29/10 – San Francisco, CA, US – Slim’s
30/10 – San Francisco, CA, US – Slim’s
3/11 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya 7th Floor
6/11 – Auckland, NZ – The Tuning Fork
7/11 – Woolston, NZ – Blue Smoke
8/11 – North Dunedin, NZ – The Cook
9/11 – Blenheim, NZ – The Plant
10/11 – Wellington, NZ – The Moon
13/11 – Napier, NZ – Sitting Room Session
16-17/11 – Mullumbimby, NSW / Mullum Music Festival
18/11 – Brisbane, NSW – Junk Bar
20/11 – Hobart, NSW – Altar
21/11 – Castlemaine, NSW – Theatre Royal
22/11 – Melbourne, NSW – State Library
23/11 – Coalchella, NSW – Wombarra Bowlo
24/11 – Sydney, NSW – Red Rattler
26-29/3 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival


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