Way Out Weather
Ex-GHQ member Steve Gunn interweaves folk, rock, world beat, and minimalist modes on Way Out Weather to stunning (and surprisingly accessible) effect. The singer/songwriter/guitarist anchors his songs in solid pop structures while stretching out into spacy jams that swirl and sprawl invitingly. Gunn’s husky vocal murmur gives him the air of a bedazzled seeker as multilayered tracks like “Wildwood,” “Atmosphere,” and “Milly’s Garden” slowly blossom around him. Antique waltzes (“Shadow Bros”), hefty country-rockers (“Drifter”), and jazzy explorations (“Tommy’s Congo”) expand Way Out Weather's sonic palette still further.