Artist of the week: William Tyler
William Tyler is an American guitarist who focuses in merging not only different genres such as folk, indie, blues and rock, but also influences from both sides of the Atlantic, whether it is Anglo heroes such as Bert Jansch and Jimmy Page or true home legends such as Mississippi John Hurt. Before going solo, he played, recorded and toured during the best part of a decade with some of the biggest names of Americana such as Lambchop, Silver Jews and Bonnie Prince Billy. Nothing, though, prepared the world for the absolute craftsmanship and sensitivity of the instrumental records he released under his own name: both the folksy and ambient Behold the Spirit (2010) and the more dynamic Impossible Truth (2013) became critical and cult successes, turning him one of the most fascinating and unexpected crossover artists of the last decade.
Modern Country, his third and highly anticipated third album raises the bar even higher: never has his either rollicking, fingerpicked or droning guitar sounded so deeply evocative and focused in telling with his music a story that really does not need what would be the distracting redundancy of words.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.