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William Tyler will follow his sweeping 2016 album Modern Country with a new record entitled Goes West, the great Nashville-bred guitarist he’s released a new track called “Fail Safe,” a brief but luminous instrumental built on Tyler’s own graceful playing and a thwacking polyrhythmic backbeat.

A prodigiously skilled player with roots in folk, country, and rock’n’roll, Tyler got his start with stints in Lambchop and Silver Jews in the late ’90s before releasing a string of increasingly acclaimed solo albums beginning with 2010’s Behold the Spirit.That record found him toying with the borders of the so-called “American primitive” tradition, the style named and popularized by John Fahey in the 1960s, featuring elaborate compositions based on folk forms for solo fingerpicked steel-string acoustic guitar. (Tyler’s twists on the genre’s conventions included occasional trombone accompaniment and snippets of nocturnal field recordings.) He’s expanded his sound gradually since then, often playing electric guitar and with a full backing ensemble, culminating so far with Modern Country, an album that sounded as much like the widescreen productions of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno as it did like down-home folk.

This trajectory continues with “Fail Safe,” a breezy melodic tune whose arrangement reveals new layers of resonance with each listen. According to a press release, Tyler is back to playing acoustic guitar only for this album, though he is accompanied by two great electric players in Meg Duffy and jazz legend Bill Frisell. Goes West will be released via Merge January 25th.

From the album Goes West, out January 25, 2019 on Merge Records.

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William Tyler, “Gone Clear” (Merge)
In William Tyler’s eyes, America is well past its peak: The roads are pockmarked, the middle class is strangled, and the presidency has become a prize that’s auctioned off as part of a carnival sideshow. But within WilliamTyler’s songs, there’s still hope. “Gone Clear” — the first single from the Nashville guitarist’s forthcoming Impossible Truth follow-up, Modern Country, out June 3rd — feels imbued with pride, not cynicism; with its contemplative pace and chiming midsection, the six-minute instrumental focuses on the bits of promise that have yet to be snuffed out. Crumbling empire or not, there’s plenty of beauty to be found among the decay

From the album Modern Country, out June 3rd, 2016 on Merge Records

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mystical country Hiss Golden Messenger is about to tour the UK with fellow American William Tyler as accomplice and support based in Brooklyn but from Durham North Carolina the new album “HAW” is out now but I like this cover of a Neil Young song