Following last year’s excellently tempered Other You, Steve Gunn starts off 2022 with with an introspective spirit, reinterpreting songs from the record with friends and contemporaries. The opener finds Gunn sparring with labelmates Mikey Coltun and Ahmoudou Madassane of Mdou Moctar, leaning into the burbling spirit of “Protection” and recasting it in a playground singalong patter. Most of the cuts here see the songs pared down. Gunn glazes two of the albums songs over sparse arrangements by Natural Information Society, folding the jubilant originals into infinity mirror versions of themselves that embrace a more meditative pulse. Alongside the re-workings are two remixes from Circuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth. The EP, titled Nakama, is out in full today digitally.
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