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Steve Gunn pulls us into a peaceful reverie on the vivid “Fulton”

It was just a few weeks ago when Steve Gunn announced his new album Other You and dropped off the double single “Reflection” and “Other You”, but today he’s back with “Fulton”. He says:

“One night the air went dead on 1010 WINS, the local AM news station in NYC I find myself listening to from time to time. Everything stopped for a moment, or at least the radio signal did. The long silence came as a surprise, a gift.”

The momentary memory in the above quote is a perfect jumping off point for a Steve Gunn song, as he always finds a slipstream of fantasy and reality into which he inserts himself, and “Fulton” is another splendid example. Here, his usual gliding guitar coasts along under sprinkles of piano, and his voice sounds more like a romantic crooner than ever. That he’s singing about a moment when the radio went dead and “it felt like everything stopped” is strange, as it’s such a kinetic track, but it’s as if that moment of tranquility has given space for hidden dreams to suddenly emerge, and it’s these that litter the song as he moves lucidly through images.

Listen to “Fulton” below or on your preferred platform.

Steve Gunn’s new album Other You arrives on August 27 through Matador (pre-order/save). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or at these dates:

Thu July 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House^
Fri July 23 – Livingston Manor, NY @ Catskill Brewery^
Sat July 24 – Burlington, VT @ Backside 405^
Sun July 25 – Peaks Island, ME @ Lion’s Club^
Mon July 26 – Keene, NH @ Nova Arts^
Tue July 27 – Newport, RI @ Folk On^
Thu July 29 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine^
Thu September 9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers
Fri September 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers
Sat September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gold Diggers
Sat September 25 – Accord, NY @ Woodsist Festival
Fri October 15 – Ghent, Belgium @ Vooruit
Thu December 2 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall #
Fri December 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #
Sat December 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club #
Sun December 5 – Lakeside, MI @ Lakeside Inn #
Tue December 7 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man #
Wed December 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
Thu December 9 – Charlotte, NC @ Recover Brands #
Fri December 10 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern #
Sat December 11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
Sun December 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance #
Tue December 14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair #
Wed December 15 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts #
Thu December 16 – Kingston, NY @ Tubby’s #
Fri December 17 – Ardmore, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall #
Sat December 18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
Fri December 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #

^ w/ William Tyler
# w/ Jeff Parker