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Why not give this dude his own thread. Super talented Nashville guitarist, played with both Lambchop and Silver Jews, many others.
First album was magnificent - Behold the Spirit. Guess you could call it Takoma-style, but with some more ambient/experimental leanings.
New album forthcoming on Merge ... sometime soon?
Two live sets from this month: http://www.nyctaper.com/2012/09/william-tyler-september-6-and-7-2012-hopscotch-festival-2-performances-flac-mp3-streaming/

tylerw, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 19:47 (eight years ago) link

Looking forward to that, loved 'Behold the Spirit'.

fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:04 (eight years ago) link

eight months pass...

Just discovered this guy. Really loving Impossible Truth. Fantastic stuff.

Austin, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:14 (eight years ago) link

Yes! It is great.

Evan, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:24 (eight years ago) link

haha, extremely successful thread i started here. most of the discussion has been over at Revolt of the ILX Brigade: New Post-Fahey Folk For PPL that post in the Takoma & Tompkin's Square Threads
he is awesome, looking forward to catching him live this summer.

tylerw, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:25 (eight years ago) link

just recently heard him too--i love Behold The Spirit; the newer one less so.

nerve_pylon, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:41 (eight years ago) link

yeah, i'm leaning in that direction, too, though i do really like impossible truth. the live disc included on the recent imaginational anthem box is worth seeking out -- some really gorgeous stuff.

tylerw, Friday, 14 June 2013 15:47 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

Lost Colony! YAY!

austinato (Austin), Saturday, 3 May 2014 01:16 (seven years ago) link

so good!

tylerw, Saturday, 3 May 2014 01:31 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The Lost Colony 12" is the first material I've heard from this dude, but holy shit has it grabbed me. So captivating. All three tracks are so good. Love the nod to Television towards the end of "Whole New Dude". And how awesome is that pedal steel on "Karussell"?!?!
Kosmische American Music.

willem, Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:55 (seven years ago) link

yeah he's great - would recommend his last one as well

also Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band might be up your alley as well

dollar rave club (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 27 May 2014 19:59 (seven years ago) link

Good one, was tipped to Forsyth in some 2013 eoy thread by Tylerw (who else ;). Great album. Tyler's stuff is more epic/grand, to my ears. Love the countryrock/kraut combo.

willem, Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:10 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

He's got a new one due out May 3. This one's called Modern Country.

Austin, Thursday, 7 April 2016 22:31 (five years ago) link

Sorry June 3.


Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 00:19 (five years ago) link

some cool sounds in that teaser vid ...

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 14:45 (five years ago) link

Awesome! This should be perfect for my Arizona vacation.

Evan, Friday, 8 April 2016 14:52 (five years ago) link

that is a very strange and kind of dumb video but yeah it sounds great

adam, Friday, 8 April 2016 15:38 (five years ago) link

haha yeah the trailer is a bit much but the music in the background was SUPER promising, def the direction i was hoping he'd go in

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:08 (five years ago) link

yeah that last bit sounded great, pretty reich-ian... did not actually watch the vid.

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:10 (five years ago) link

yeah he must be using more loop pedals and stuff

i just thought of the DN "william tylerw", not gonna use it just had to get it out of my system

rockpalast '82 (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 April 2016 16:30 (five years ago) link

Super excited for this. Already pre-ordered.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 16:36 (five years ago) link

Yeah, watching the video again, it is a bit heavy handed. But the music sounds really great.

Did anyone get that split thing he did with Six Organs of Admittance? This guy: https://www.discogs.com/Six-Organs-Of-Admittance-William-Tyler-Parallelogram/release/7950918

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:26 (five years ago) link

yeah his side is great (and streamable here - http://threelobed.bandcamp.com/album/parallelogram-5). six organs side is fab as well. my favorite out of all of those parallelogram things.

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:34 (five years ago) link

Cheers, Tyler. Listening now — totally good.

Wish I could buy it, though. For less than a hundred dollars or whatever.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:51 (five years ago) link

yeah it is steep! nothing bad on the whole set though ... some of the artists were selling individual copies, but i don't know if six organs/tyler got around to that...

tylerw, Friday, 8 April 2016 17:55 (five years ago) link

Well, you can buy the individual tracks on the bandcamp page, so I guess I'll settle for that, for now.

Austin, Friday, 8 April 2016 18:38 (five years ago) link

I wonder if Phil Cook's album Southland Mission is worth checking out? He has collaborated with William Tyler in the past.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 April 2016 19:00 (five years ago) link

I'd recommend the Phil Cook record, for sure. Feels a *little* too close to being a 'found' classic for its own good, but it's a great listen.

Poacher (Chinaski), Friday, 8 April 2016 21:46 (five years ago) link

Phil Cook album didn't "catch" for me, but I also probably didn't give it enough of a chance. I want/ed to like it, for sure.

Tyler on the other hand, I'm a mega-stan. Excited for this album, loved the trailer. He put out a very similar feeling trailer for Impossible Truth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0Jsyw_JDw

They are heavy handed, but I guess I feel like they're almost ... not cheekily, but knowingly so? ... I dunno, maybe I am giving him too much credit and he's just this way. (He's definitely sharp as a tack and a "big" thinker, having talked to him about some of this stuff.) But most of all I like that he's done a couple now and I hope he keeps doing them. I think they'd be fun to gather together after 10 albums or whatever.

alpine static, Saturday, 9 April 2016 00:59 (five years ago) link

Hmm, watching the Impossible Truth trailer, seems like he plays a bit from every song on the album. Contrasting that with the new one, he's only previewing one or two new songs. That actually makes me even more excited for Modern Country; like he's hiding more, in anticipation of a bigger reveal.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 02:57 (five years ago) link

or it's just one long motorik-appalachian henry flynty jam, which is also super ok with me

adam, Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:32 (five years ago) link

Well, yeah.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 15:53 (five years ago) link

There cannot be enough "long motorik-appalachian henry flynty jam"s, sincerely would take all I can get of this sound.

grandavis, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:10 (five years ago) link

Yep. My expectations for Modern Country are fairly high because of that.

Austin, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:14 (five years ago) link

'Gone Clear'

Austin, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:44 (five years ago) link

my goodness. love it.

alpine static, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:53 (five years ago) link

yeah, very nice!
haven't listened yet but this mix he put together for aquarium drunkard looks good: http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2016/04/12/aquarium-drunkard-presents-sebastian-speaks-a-mixtape/

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:00 (five years ago) link

also worth noting that Chuck Johnson's last record Velvet Arc covers some of the same territory as Tyler ... really wonderful record.

tylerw, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 23:04 (five years ago) link

^^ thank you for mentioning it, love Chuck and keep meaning to check it out

alpine static, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 00:02 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

'Kingdom of Jones'

Austin, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 17:17 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Got this in the mail today and have just put it on now.

'Highway Anxiety': holy hell, this is gonna be good.

Austin, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 03:59 (five years ago) link

Yeah, this album is fantastic.

Austin, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 05:10 (five years ago) link


Matt DC, Sunday, 12 June 2016 12:19 (five years ago) link

It sounds wonderful on the first listen. I'm gonna have another listen later after a smoke.

calzino, Sunday, 12 June 2016 14:06 (five years ago) link

this is a pretty good shadowfax album

adam, Monday, 13 June 2016 12:44 (five years ago) link

i wish shadowfax actually sounded like this

global tetrahedron, Monday, 13 June 2016 13:57 (five years ago) link

ha, yeah, maybe i haven't heard the right shadowfax? there are definitely some proggy moments on Modern Country, but I dunno if it's overtly 'fax-y.

tylerw, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:09 (five years ago) link

i like it, it just feels kinda safe and new age-y. maybe i got too excited after the rother cover on lost colony

adam, Monday, 13 June 2016 14:14 (five years ago) link

Ha, there's nothing even remotely new age-y about Modern Country.

Austin, Monday, 13 June 2016 16:36 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

This is gorgeous. Perfect wake-up music.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 10 July 2016 07:17 (five years ago) link

this is really great.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 July 2016 17:07 (five years ago) link

that's my four-word review.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 11 July 2016 17:07 (five years ago) link

This is easily in my three favourite albums of the year, I love how it's a country record, an ambient record and a sort of post-rock record all at once, except way more melodically engaging than that implies.

I've been craving really gentle music over the last few weeks so it's been getting a lot of play in my house.

Matt DC, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:17 (five years ago) link

Yep, it's a total winner. Didn't know if he would be able to follow up Impossible Truth given the high quality of that album, but he somehow managed.

Austin, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:25 (five years ago) link

ya rly enjoying this but like i said in the folk/fahey thread

if you like this do your yrself a favour and hunt down loose furs first album bc it has a similar vibe tho its a bit more noisier with some freakouts

F♯ A♯ (∞), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:53 (five years ago) link

This reminds me so much of Michael Rother solo stuff like Flammende Herzen. Warm, melodic, romantic and metaphysical at the same time. Album of the year from what I have heard - which is not a lot - up till now.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 11 July 2016 19:34 (five years ago) link

Yeah, 'Highway Anxiety' in particular has strong Rother vibes.

Austin, Monday, 11 July 2016 19:37 (five years ago) link

Live at Third Man Records to be released at the end of this month. Recorded in 2014 (short review here), it contains an early version of "Gone Clear", then called "Going Clear". Curious to hear how he pulls that one off acoustically.

willem, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:59 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

yeah this is really nice

That's when I fired off my 2 Tweets to Dr. Phil (crüt), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:11 (four years ago) link

This snuck in at 57th out of 57 (so far) in my big secret albums of the year list, indicating that I liked it just enough to consider it a good album. Will definitely give it another go at some point

Dave Plaintive rapper with classical training (imago), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:24 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Any other music by not-Kurt Lambchop people worth exploring?

djh, Monday, 24 July 2017 22:02 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

New album Goes West out January 2019. First available track sounds great but feels a little too comfy maybe... Bill Frisell guests on the album closer!

willem, Thursday, 8 November 2018 10:15 (two years ago) link

count me in!

niels, Thursday, 8 November 2018 11:15 (two years ago) link

lovely song, I like the concise approach

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 8 November 2018 13:36 (two years ago) link


Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 12 November 2018 17:52 (two years ago) link

Lovely listen.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 November 2018 18:06 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

new album is out

Number None, Friday, 25 January 2019 13:12 (two years ago) link

Mine came in the mail on Wednesday, but I have not done the digital download yet, so I've not listened (no internet on my PC at the new place, so I'm stuck downloading to an external drive and handling things from there).

It came with a CD that has eight extra tracks. Gonna finish a new recording this evening and then dig in.


Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:26 (two years ago) link

I've made some utterly unfair judgments based on the tracklist alone: I like rambling, drifting Tyler best of all and this is made up of short tracks.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 25 January 2019 17:46 (two years ago) link

This is super mellow and super good.

The bonus disc is called Dispatches from Echo Magic and is mostly made up of demos of songs on the album. It's nice.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 January 2019 01:31 (two years ago) link

I was oblivious to this preorder only bonus disc thing now I feel like I'm missing out!

Evan, Sunday, 27 January 2019 02:06 (two years ago) link

Was really digging “Venus in Aquarius,” wish there was a little more variation like that on the album but it’s all very nice.

JoeStork, Sunday, 27 January 2019 02:07 (two years ago) link

Evan, I will share Dispatches, if you are interested. It's good if you REALLY like Goes West and want more.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 January 2019 06:29 (two years ago) link

The more I listen to this, the more I like it. It's easily his accessible work yet, but there is an ethereal, yet undeniably bright, timbre to the whole thing that just doesn't sound like anything else he's ever done. There is an irreverent, but melancholy, mood to it that makes it sound like it's being beamed in from an alternate mid-1970s. A place where John Fahey and Leo Kottke are the ultimate rock stars and Blood on the Tracks actually saved Bob Dylan and his marriage. The only bad news is from the past and nothing's perfect, but it's better than it used to be.

Yeah, I think I like this new one.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 January 2019 14:51 (two years ago) link

okay fine i’ll listen. the new steve gunn still sounds boring to me. you’re getting to me ogmor

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:01 (two years ago) link

I can't get enough of this album. It's like, what if Michael Rother started hanging out with Bert Jansch and then he followed Bert to LA, started playing acoustic a little more often, and, around the time Bert makes Avocet, he makes Michael Rother Goes West.

William Tyler coming through with a nice spectral projection.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:11 (two years ago) link

Man in a Hurry is gorgeous.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:33 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

i haven't even listened to it yet, just saw it on his bandcamp right now and holy shit, new william tyler!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 4 September 2020 15:40 (ten months ago) link

after one listen, this is the surprise of the year so far for me. modern country and goes west were awesome, don't get me wrong, but they feel a little too overproduced in retrospect. this new one goes back to his older, more sparse approach. maybe that was out of necessity, as this year has constricted a lot of people in a lot of ways. references to heaven and "the big sky" in the song titles up the emotive ante significantly. all that combined with his more prominent use of pitch vibrato effects and the seemingly intentional 'throwback' aesthetic of the cover art make this seem like something beamed in from the past at some unknown, but vaguely familiar point.

besides all that, it's reaffirmation from one of my old favorites of his undeniably classic status; and doubly rewarding, as i had perhaps started to neglect him in more recent times.

here's the cover art, btw:

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 5 September 2020 16:43 (ten months ago) link

also: an appropriate alternate title for this one could have been wt goes boc.

can't say enough good things about this record.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 5 September 2020 16:45 (ten months ago) link

i was listening to this on my morning walk Friday and came to the realization that, in a quiet, sort of understated way (meaning sometimes i forget), WT has become one of my very favorite artists going.

alpine static, Saturday, 5 September 2020 20:56 (ten months ago) link

this has been on constant rotation since friday. easily his best work since lost colony and easily in my top three of the year so far.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 22:30 (ten months ago) link

seven months pass...

i'm real excited for this.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:06 (two months ago) link

I loved New Vanitas, what is "this"?

rob, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:40 (two months ago) link

oh duh I just saw that's a link

rob, Friday, 30 April 2021 17:41 (two months ago) link

awesome, nabbed a vinyl preorder

Love Tyler, love Marissa Anderson even more, they seem like they should be a good fit

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 30 April 2021 17:58 (two months ago) link

i wish they were doing a regular black vinyl version. fuck that bullshit colored garbage. yuck.

that said, cover art's amazing.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:03 (two months ago) link

and the teaser track is excellent. very stoked for this.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:05 (two months ago) link

It is not explicit but it may be implied a regular version will follow(?); Thrill Jockey website says purple is "mail order only" version. IDK!

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:09 (two months ago) link

It is not explicit but it may be implied a regular version will follow(?); Thrill Jockey website says purple is "mail order only" version. IDK!

― Evan, Friday, April 30, 2021 4:09 PM (one minute ago) bookmarkflaglink

ah goddamn...oh well

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:11 (two months ago) link

Fwiw, I've seen that with other Thrill Jockey releases they'll do a colored vinyl release first and then a standard black when that sells out.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:12 (two months ago) link

I don't mind the color vinyl. I don't have enough high-end equipment to pretend it makes a difference for me personally.

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:16 (two months ago) link

i just don't like colored vinyl because, well idk, i like THE ACTUAL MUSIC????

sorry, i'll stop being a cynical dickhead now.


Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 21:27 (two months ago) link

Colored vinyl is fine, no more likely to have a bad pressing than black these days (IME).

Thanks for the link, got a copy.

bulb after bulb, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:41 (two months ago) link

The music is there either way! Plus if all I was in it for was the MUSIC I wouldn't be buying clunky giant wax discs that only work at home with annoying and sometimes stressful to set up equipment, so I'm not going to kid myself, I am an irrational object collector hoarder and I am proud content with it.

Evan, Friday, 30 April 2021 21:42 (two months ago) link

don't get me wrong, i'm a stubborn jerk and i'm mostly making fun of myself. i pre-ordered the vinyl anydamnway lol.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 30 April 2021 22:20 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

There's another new William Tyler release! It's also on Spotify, so we're listening now — only one track in, but it's very "cosmic"; nice!!!

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 16:46 (one week ago) link

well, fuck. get well soon!

Y’all I hate this but - despite following all CDC guidelines in the last year and being fully vaccinated I received a positive Covid test this morning. Effective immediately I am canceling all my shows in the next week

— william tyler (@williamtylertn) July 23, 2021

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 23 July 2021 15:58 (two days ago) link

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