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Indie-folk guitarist William Tyler has released the first single from his forthcoming LP Goes West, “Fail Safe.”
The intricately woven, guitar-based instrumental feels like a journey, with an acoustic standing as star of the show. The strings layer, growing through the track’s end and simultaneously giving it a sense of restlessness and excitement, of choosing not to stay stagnant but also embracing the change. Whatever cons moving cross-country to sunny California may have, the impact on Tyler’s music certainly isn’t one.
In a statement about the album, M.C. Taylor (of Hiss Golden Messenger) described the “emotional clarity” of Tyler’s forthcoming album.
“It offered up a model for what I wanted my head to feel like,” said Taylor. “Goes West marks a sort of narrowing of focus for William’s 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.”
Goes West is Tyler’s first new album since 2016’s Modern Country and is scheduled for release on Jan. 25, 2019. He is currently touring with Ty Segall through the early days of November.
Check out his new single and a 2013 Tyler session from the Paste archives below, and find his tour dates further down. You can preorder Goes West here.
William Tyler Tour Dates:
06 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
07 – Portland, Maine @ Port City Music Hall *
08 – Hamden, Conn. @ Space Ballroom *
09 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Warsaw *
(* w/ Ty Segall [solo])