It’s always tempting to lay comparisons right off the bat, but surely Parisian band Gunwood has a Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull thing going on with their stately taste of pastoral folk. Yet this band has many multi-faceted musical approaches that run from hard rock, poetry folk, and whatever they are just feeling good about.
The band’s new LP Dream Boat Jane is due out on March 11th, 2022 via eclectic French record label Zamora (zamoraprod.com), the home to a diverse array of performers including the Franco/Venezuelan artist La Chica, Brazilian singer Chico César and Balkan star Goran Bregovic to name just a few.
Glide is premiering Gunwood’s ravishing “Good Night Song” (below) taken from their live Dream Boat Session #3. Singer/songwriter Gunnar Ellwanger reminds our ears of days gone by songsmiths where vocal presentation and lyrical aptitude were significant. Like experimental outfit Black Country, New Road, Gunwood appears on track to be career artists, where artistic integrity will remain the number one priority.
“Good Night Song is a lullaby addressed to someone far away during the lockdown in 2020, written and first recorded in a small Parisian apartment after the first weeks of complete isolation. During this period of time I listened a lot to the recordings by Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, blending traditional Irish folk songs with other instruments or techniques such as bouzouki, harmonium, and fingerpicking on the guitar. I had completely fallen in love with their album, which made me use similar sounds on Good Night Song in addition to a 5-string banjo. The song is meant to be a warm hug sent out in an envelope, a reminder that good times are always ahead,” says Ellwanger.