Seeing the Unseen: On Tour with Steve Gunn

The Philadelphia psych-folk songwriter spent a week in Europe in anticipation of his latest LP. We got some highlights.

A brief glimpse through Steve Gunn’s discography will tell you a little bit about the Phillybased songwriter’s work ethic: Of the dozen or so full-lengths he’s released over the past decade, about half of them are collaborations with other American primitivist guitarists and psych folk artists, including live recordings with Angel Olsen and Ed Askew and studio albums with Hiss Golden Messenger and Kurt Vile, with whom Gunn now plays as a backing Violator.

But this year Gunn is setting out on his own with The Unseen in Between, his first solo record since 2016’s hearty Eyes on the Lines. In preparation of its release, the songwriter set out on a brief European tour, which he gracefully documented in photos below. “It was a whirlwind going from city to city every day, but super fun,” says Gunn. “I was grateful for all of the thoughtful questions and enthusiasm from international journalists, and I hope that a few of these snaps reflect the great time that I had. Also thank you to Josh from Matador for being a great travel companion!”

The Unseen in Between is out January 18 via Matador. American audiences can catch him before he returns to Europe in the coming months—you can find his U.S. dates here.

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