Gunk play that sort of wimpy/heavy style of indie rock made popular by Sebadoh. The first song, “Photograph,” is a grungy, off-timed tune. The second track is slower, with softly sung vocals. Quiet and bittersweet, the song progresses into overlaid found sounds which blend into the next track, setting the tone for the album. The songs on Gradual Shoveare inwardly projected and navel gazing, yet big and complex at the same time. Gunk is best played loud (preferably with opium) to appreciate the big, fuzzy layers weaving these songs together into a deep, entrancing listen.
–Craven Rock (Ranch)