Steve Gunn / William Tyler
For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one the American music's most pivotal figures - conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced). Gunn is known for telling other peoples stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. The lyrics evoke voyages, tempests (actual and emotional), and a rich cast of characters met along the waythe work of an artist finding a place of calm in the midst of a storm. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunns standing in the pantheon of the eras great songwriters.
William Tyler Goes West on new studio album due January 25, shares Fail Safe
On January 25, William Tyler returns with Goes West, his follow-up to 2016s Modern Country. Listen to first single Fail Safe now, and pre-order Goes West on CD, LP, and limited-edition translucent green Peak Vinyl, the latter of which includes a 24 × 36 full-color foldout poster of the Robert Beatty cover art. All pre-orders will receive Dispatches from Echo Magic, an 8-song bonus CD available only in the Merge store or with the purchase of Goes West at your local independent record store, while supplies last. Recorded with Scott Hirsch at Echo Magic West in Ojai, CA, the CD features early versions of five songs from Goes West plus three other tracks from the session that are only available here.
Listen to & share William Tylers Fail Safe now
An excerpt from the M.C. Taylor-penned bio:
William and I bonded early in our relationship over Barry Hannah, a hellraising writer from Mississippi who practically reinvented the way that words could be assembled on a page. Like Hannah, William Tyler knows the Southas a crucible of American histories and cultures, an entity capable of expansive beauty and incomprehensible violence, often in the same beatas his native place, the place that holds him and that he runs from. In the music of William Tyler, the South is not apart from America; the South is America condensed. And like Hannahand this part is importantWilliam moved to California, where Goes West was written. We dont know how long William will stayHannah lasted just a couple of years, writing in the employ of director Robert Altmanbut the change of scenery seems to suit him.
Goes West marks a sort of narrowing of focus for Williams music; it sounds as though he found a way to point himself directly towards the rich and bittersweet emotional center of his music without being distracted by side trips. Perhaps this is down to the fact that William only plays acoustic guitar on the album, a clear and conscious decision considering that he is one of Nashvilles great electric guitarists. The band that performs Goes West alongside Williamincluding guitarists Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, bassist and producer Brad Cook, keyboardist James Wallace, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, and engineer Tucker Martineis the best and most sympathetic group of players that William could have assembled to play these songs.
William Tyler is currently performing solo sets on tour with Ty Segall. Stay tuned for more Goes West news by following Tyler on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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