Basking in the solitude of Americana, William Tyler carves out layers of subtle nuance on his fourth solo album Goes West. Produced by Bradley Cook (think The War On Drugs and Bon Iver) and Tucker Martine (who's worked with everyone from Modest Mouse to The Decemberists to My Morning Jacket), the album - completely instrumental - is emotionally charged in a way that highlights Tyler's dexterity, skill, and evolution as a songwriter and guitarist. Tyler is able to express what he is thinking and feeling using his fingers, and the songs on Goes West play like balms and exudes calmness. From the opening cut "Alpine Star" (with solo passages sounding like John Fahey's America) to songs like the tranquil "Eventual Surrender," "Rebecca" and "Our Lady of the Desert," this album is a breath of fresh air and will likely remain on or close to your table for multiple spins. (While I only mentioned 4 tracks, there isn't a weak track on the album, and all deserve a proper listen). With eye-catching artwork from prolific artist Robert Beatty and an included poster, one could argue the visuals are worth the price of admission alone. But it's the skillful and meditative instrumental acoustic guitar paired with an astounding backing group that make this album a sure-shot. 10 tracks in all pressed on translucent green vinyl, and includes a 24" x 36" foldout color poster and digital download code. Released by Merge Records.
- translucent green vinyl
- Limited Edition
- includes 24" x 36" poster
- download code included
- music label: Merge Records 2019
reviewed by Ralphy Corduroy 2/2019