Steve Gunn’s “Way Out Weather”, the title track from his forthcoming album, came out in the beginning of September, when Southern California was still in the throes of an unrelenting heatwave that would make most residents want to suplex opponents of climate change. It is the kind of heat that not even a blast of wind can temporarily allay–instead that sensation is replaced by what it probably feels like to microwave a cup of coffee with the door open toward your face.
As a direct consequence of this never-ending summer, I have found myself voyeuristically google mapping locations in the Midwest and Northeast for even just a suggestion of seasonal recalibration. That need to see transformation has also sublimated into strong pangs of wanderlust, which is why I continue to watch the music video for “Way Out Weather”, which was shot by director KT Auleta on a 2007 motorcycle jaunt through central Mongolia. As you catch grainy glimpses of native birds flying over pastures, ranchers leaving golden trails of dust, and impossibly green mountains below an overcast blanket, you can’t help but let out sigh of longing.
But its not the visuals alone that transport you-it is Gunn’s expert arpeggiation and slightly twangy timbre that make these likely foreign visuals strike a sense of nostalgia at the same time they seem exotic. That is the same sort of familiar dichotomy is exactly how I feel every autumn after a long summer, so I will absolutely be playing this song as a surrogate seasonal change.
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