Trey Gunn - Untune The Sky - 2003


Now that it seems that Tony Levin will be again part of King Crimson, we can predict new memorable duets with band mate Trey Gunn. Truth is that Trey Gunn, lately and specially being the only one to handle sticks, Warr guitars and any other long neck string device, has evolved spectacularly, developing an unmistakable style and astounding instrumental skills.

[note from webmaster: Trey Gunn has left the formation King Crimson]


“Untune The Sky” appears timely to summarize Gunn's work aside from his main band. Through 13 tracks, this compilation shows a quite complete view of his music. An unclassifiable and eclectic music. "Sozzle" opens the CD with syncopated rhythms and arabesque touches, to evolve into typical crimsonian aesthetics. "The Glove" adds a more powerful sound and an interesting percussion work. "Killing For London", with its hypnotic sound, reminds me of the Projekcts. "The Third Star", on the other hand, is a piece of surrounding and sinuous music, enhanced through a silky and sweet voice. "Take This Wish" also explores the vocal side, but in a more evocative, almost whispering way. "August 1997" is a short bridge made of soundscapes which leads us to "Rune Song", again with eastern touches, but in an electronic key. These parameters appear again on "Puttin' On The White Shirt" (curious title), but expanded through wind instruments and a typical crimsonian rhythmic fingering. "Brief Encounter" adds soundscapes and acoustic instruments to the formula, which mutates into a percussion essay on "Arrakis". The longest (9.00) track on the CD, "The Cruelest Month", is an unreleased song in the shape of a sonic spiral, which has some common points with "The Deception Of The Thrush", key piece on the Projekcts. "The Gift" is a pure and ethereal soundscape, atmosphere and suggestion. CD closes with the concise and frantic "Hootenanny At The Pink Pussycat Café", with shattering groove and anarchical keyboards.


For those who still haven't enjoyed such interesting albums as "The Third Star" or "The Joy Of Mollybdenum", serve this “Untune The Sky” as a good way to get into the interesting and personal world of Trey Gunn.

author - date - rating - label

Héctor Gómez - January 2004 -   - Inside Out