2015 repress of record store day 2013 release, limited to 660 copies on 140 gram silver 12” vinyl with download code. Golden Gunn is the collaborative efforts of Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger. Gentle psychedelia, with layers of phasing guitars, plodding relic drum machines, and shimmering synth lines.
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Silver vinyl repress LP on Three Lobed Recordings. Edition of 660 copies. aka Steve Gunn and Hiss Golden Messenger.
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Steve Gunn and Mr. Hiss of the Golden Messengers had joined the Strokes, on the basis of that album artwork; in reality, though, they’ve teamed up to weave a terse strand of psychedelia into a rather pretty folk sound that just comes naturally. Originally released for the Hundred Years’ War/Record Store Day 2013, this reissue shows the artists playing it down, gently enveloping acoustic ditties with woozy synths and subtle additives.
‘Golden Gunn’ is repetitive, pretty and intuitive, and it takes on different strands of traditionalist folk: the interlocked picking of “Vysehrad” eventually gives into the smoky riffing of “Dickie’s Theme”, which flirts with country rock and uses what can only be described as a cowbell blastbeat to create a silky, ceramic sound. There’s Americana in this tune, but it’s encased in atmosphere.
If you like any of the artists collaborating here then there will be a lot to enjoy in ‘Golden Gunn’, though it doesn’t necessarily mirror either of their styles -- Gunn’s virtuosic resonance and the Messengers’ plaintive, twang-sourced folk come together for a distinct and measured sound, with plenty of weird extras to take in -- “The Sun Comes Up a Purple Diamond” squeezes out yawning twang that has the same meditative spirit of Eric Chenaux. Folk still sounds good sideways, though.
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