Steve Gunn

On Boerum Palace, Gunn has turned his formidable improvisational chops towards songwriting with results that are as far form the free-form freak-outs of his previous work as they are from traditional singer-songwriter fare.

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Steve Gunn’s recent solo album Boerum Palace, out now on Three Lobed Recordings, is a heady and heavy blend of ’60s, ’70s, and traditional music made utterly contemporary and unique. Gunn is a veteran of a number of New York’s most notable experimental groups, having played with the Magik Markers, Moongang, and in GHQ alongside Pete Nolan and Marcia Basset of Double Leopards. On Boerum Palace, Gunn has turned his formidable improvisational chops towards songwriting with results that are as far from the free-form freak-outs of his previous work as they are from traditional singer-songwriter fare. Tapping into traditions of Cosmic American Music, Krautrock, prog, and even, in his words, the “cheese” of classic rock, his songwriting is simple and direct, underscored with a subdued psychedelia that rewards returning ears. In addition to his solo work, Gunn plays in an improvisational duo with drummer John Truscinski and in the “full-on rock band” Orleans Gunn with Marc Orleans of Sunburned Hand of the Man. BOMBsessions met up with Gunn just before he participated in a series of tribute shows to the late Jack Rose.