Folk-rock guitarist and singer Steve Gunn has shared the third single from his forthcoming studio album, The Unseen in Between, which next Friday, January 18th on Matador Records. The lively new tune is titled “Vagabond”, and follows the previously shared tracks, “New Moon” and “Stonehurst Cowboy”.
“Vagabond” was reportedly named after Gunn’s favorite Agnes Varda film, and once again showcases the musician’s ability to captivate the listeners with meaningful lyrics and subtly attractive melodies with that brooding voice of his—a skill that should not be overlooked too quickly. The vibrant musical makeup of “Vagabond” contrasts heavily with the slower tempo of “Stonehurst Cowboy” and the low-key psychedelia of “New Moon”. This song charges forwards with a consistency that is much more similar to standout singles from his last solo album like “Ancient Jules” or “Full Moon Tide”.
Gunn teamed up with director Jason Evans for a music video in hopes of providing a fitting visual accompaniment worthy of the impressive new song. Their collaboration worked, as the colorless aesthetics of the video allow “Vagabond” to stand on its own without trying to show off with some crazy visual effect or trick. There is some crafty strobe-like camera editing which begins near the middle and again towards the end of the video, so tread lightly.
Steve Gunn – “Vagabond” – Official Video
[Video: Matador Records]
“I wrote all these songs on the acoustic guitar and wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Recording them acoustically, it all came naturally,” Gunn admitted about his latest project in a recent interview. “I feel like the last album, Behind the Lines, is a bit more electric and I kind of wanted to take a step back and be more vocally forward and let the songs unfold naturally. I wanted it to sound more live and I think I really felt like it would make a difference going into the studio knowing the songs.”
Gunn began introducing some of the new material to fans in New York City during a recent run of shows at Union Pool in the fall of 2018. He’ll head out on the first U.S. leg of his 2019 world tour later this month beginning on January 30th in New Haven, Connecticut. He also unveiled a new batch of U.S. dates scheduled for this spring to go with Tuesday’s song premiere, which will begin following his European run of shows throughout all of March and early April. The new dates begin on April 18th in Milwaukee and continue until May 4th with a closing performance in Washington, D.C. Tickets will go on sale starting this Friday, January 11th via Gunn’s website. You can reference a full list of upcoming shows below.
New Steve Gunn 2019 Tour Dates
April 18 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
April 19 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
April 20 – Galien, MI – The Storehouse
April 21 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
April 22 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
April 23 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide
April 24 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
April 26 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
April 27 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
April 28 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
April 29 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
April 30 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
May 1 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
May 2 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
May 3 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
May 4 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd
[H/T Rolling Stone]