The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #367 / 766
User Score
Based on 114 ratings
2019 Ratings: #380
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Folk Rock / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit
Within its nine tracks, Gunn addresses matters of death, acceptance, and expectations, all of which round his music with serenity and credence, thus positioning him on the forefront not only as a quintessential narrator for our time, but a faithful guide who gently directs us revitalized and untroubled.
God Is in the TV

It is a record that demands attention and close listening. Appropriately, The Unseen in Between is not full of hooks and instant gratification, so it could be easy to pass by if you didn’t apply more time. Satisfaction, in Steve Gunn’s illumination of the unseen, comes from paying his work dues and getting yours back in shimmering, low key Americana which gets brighter with each play.

American Songwriter

Even if each track has a distinct sound, the overall effect is of the whole of the appropriately mysteriously titled The Unseen In Between being more than the sum of its warm, lustrous parts.

No Ripcord

The Unseen in Between should be the album where he steps out from the shadow of his contemporaries and establishes him as one of the most reliable singer-songwriters of his generation. His heart is in tune with that of a wanderer but his songwriting is firmly in place, ready to come out of obscurity.

‘The Unseen in Between’ is an exquisite album that sees Gunn pushing himself musically and sounding like he’s having a blast.
The Skinny
This is the work of an artist who's been honing his craft for some time now, and is perfectly primed for his moment in the spotlight.
For guitar fans, there's an abundance of fine playing here, but the songwriter's aesthetic shift delivers listeners his most consistent album to date.
FLOOD Magazine

The Unseen in Between is an album with more palpable emotion and literary bent than ever before.


There’s an innate comfort that comes with listening to Gunn’s music and The Unseen in Between is that Sunday afternoon moment of self-care that you need in your life.

Under The Radar
Gunn curates a careful balance of lavish instrumentation with spinning vocal melodies that sound as if they've been lost in a dusty pile of obscure 45s in a vinyl hoarders basement.
The 405

The Unseen In Between has the potential to be a victim of its own naturalness; it’s such a finely-hewed record that people will step into its sound and enjoy it with such ease that they might take it for granted, believe it’s something classic they already know.


The singer/songwriter is steadily developing into a poignant lyricist, now chronicling the places and people he hopes to understand.

Loud and Quiet
Despite his often-sprawling guitar style, when it comes to song writing, Gunn stands resolutely alongside rock music’s more traditionalists. By wiping away its thick coat of dust, ‘The Unseen In Between’ is most stimulating during its rigidly structured solos and crescendos.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Even with the continued polish and expanded grandeur of his arrangements, there is a sober, matter-of-fact kind of reassurance to Gunn’s songs that remains consistent.

Spectrum Culture
It’s a more emotional album than he’s ever made, though not so wracked with feeling that it disregards the breezy contentment always at the heart of Gunn’s music.
The Observer

The Unseen in Between (what a title) kicks Gunn up a gear, redeploying his influences into a left-field but welcoming whole, pearlescent enough as a background listen, but sufficiently arresting to make you stop and appreciate Gunn’s chops.

It’s not a record that jumps out on the first listen, but ‘The Unseen In Between’ works as an effective relaxant.
The Independent
Drawing from Sixties folk musicians such as Simon and Garfunkel and Cat Stevens, and channelling contemporaries like Ultimate Painting, Gunn has created a work of quiet, understated charm. But as far as helping him break out as a distinctive artist, it’s less likely to make its listener sit up and pay attention than lean back and close their eyes.
Compared to the lackluster singer-songwriter albums I had heard up until now, this one really felt like a breath of fresh air. Steve Gunn is miles above everybody else. Every song here is interesting, whether it be the almost-psychedelic New Familiar or the haunting Stonehurst Cowboy, Steve Gunn really shows his versatility on this record.

You all are sleeping on this record. This is one of the best singer-songwriter records of the year.
Something I drink my coffee to while smiling at it's self awareness and inner darkness.
Worth a listen
The steady rocking and rolling of Steve Gunn remains steady on The Unseen In Between.
Not since the early work of Ryley Walker has an artist so effectively capture the aura of the late 60's/early 70s folk revival. Beautiful work
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Added on: October 24, 2018