Now out digitally via Matador Records / Remote Control Records, Steve Gunn’s Nakama EP features reinterpretations of six songs from the guitarist’s recent full-length, Other You, created with close friends. This includes new studio recordings made alongside Mikey Coltun and Ahmoudou Madassane of Mdou Moctar, and Natural Information Society, as well as remixes by Circuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth. The artwork was shot and sequenced by American photographer Duane Michals.
These are not covers, exactly. Nor are they full-blown from-the-ground-up collaborations. It’s a third path – using Gunn’s song structures as a point of departure, seeking a new route through familiar ground. They expand on and illuminate the experimental impulses and meditative moods that guided Other You.