It's an anomaly to make a record created out of the pleasure and desire of simply making music together. A record with no commercial aspirational location. Bay Head, the new duo record from John Truscinski (drums, synths) and Steve Gunn (guitars), makes it look easy, carving out a space where none existed before with assurance, resonating beautiful along the way. There's a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. While Bay Head is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve's more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.
As an instrumental record Bay Head has no literal voice. It doesn't need it, as the constant flow between the drums and guitar describe fully and without a narrator. Steve's guitar leads you along a contemplative path that describes an inner monologue that is more expressive than if there were words. Some of the guitar parts are worked out and then set free, improvised in the playing. But it's hard to tell. It all sounds deliberate. Bay Head is the accumulation of the duo's years of playing music together where each can guess where the other is going to go next. The cover collage by their longtime friend Bill Nace reflects what is both abstract and figurative about this unique musical collaboration.