This is a reissue of a disc originally put out by Onomato that was called "Rif", only now it apparently has shed that title in its reissue. Either way, there's some pretty special stuff present here that makes the record stand out a bit from all of the other instrumental guitarists that seem to be plucking away in the underground. I'll get it out in the open right now and say I'm getting a little tired of hearing the same ground covered over and over by seemingly capable guitarists. It seems like there's another Fahey-inspired record every month, and while I'm actually a big fan of finger picked guitar- I can't help but want something extra to push this kind of music into a more personal direction.
Gunn succeeds in doing this for the most part, but I still found parts of the disc to be somewhat predictable. The opening track, "Young Subjects" is a raga-like dirge which is made up of Gunn playing an almost banjo like solo over a repeated guitar phrase with some atmospheric touches. He returns to this format on the third track, and it's these pieces that feel the least satisfying to me. The second and fourth tracks are gems though. "For Tyrone Hill", with its melancholic spaced-out feel, ebbs and flows nicely with an organic quality that utilizes silence for an added touch of drama. The fourth and final track, "Two of Ammon" really shows how this type of music can still be used to transport the listener to a completely dream like space, much like the best Fahey recordings do. Guitar passages naturally come together and evolve without becoming redundant, and subtle touches of vocals and perhaps some field recordings fit in perfectly to complete the setting. All in all, I've been won over by Gunn. I'd love to hear him branch out even farther within this style of music and really push it to become something completely new. 7/10 -- Charles Franklin (20 August, 2008)