William Tyler: Goes West (Merge) Review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

William Tyler

Goes West


Jan 24, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Is there anything more difficult than creating a singular musical presence when your body of work is entirely instrumental? William Tyler consistently proves that, for him, it's not hard at all; the second a string is plucked, you're sucked down a rabbit hole, buried beneath a prowess and force that is unadulterated and instantly recognizable. Tyler has remained at the top of the class of primitive-influenced guitar work in the past decade, sculpting a repertoire that's as impressive as his literal music.

Tyler's common-folk on Goes West receive titles such as "Man in a Hurry," and "Call Me When I'm Breathing Again," descriptive in their titles, engaging in their swirling, hypnotic melodies. He creates music that crosses infinite musical palettes, and his shape-shifting identity is likely to catch the ear of even the dullest of philistines. Tyler's songs paint landscapes of winding dirt roads, glowing streams, and wooded backcountry; Goes West is unabashed American music. (www.williamtyler.net)

Author rating: 7.5/10

Rate this album
Average reader rating: 6/10


Submit your comment

Name Required

Email Required, will not be published


Remember my personal information
Notify me of follow-up comments?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

There are no comments for this entry yet.