William Tyler – “Cadillac Desert”

It’s been a good week for fans of envelope-pushing guitar wizards: Two days ago we got the scoop on a new Marnie Stern record, and today — on the less frenetic end of the spectrum — a new song from William Tyler. Like James Blackshaw, Tyler is an insanely gifted and technically masterful acoustic guitarist (though Londoner Blackshaw primarily plays a 12-string instrument while Nashville’s Tyler plays a six-string) who creates intricate instrumental songs that are at turns serene, thrilling, somber, and wondrous. “Cadillac Desert” is the first song to be released from Tyler’s sophomore album, Impossible Truth, and it’s a thing of pretty intense beauty — although frankly it’s hard to listen to the one song without wanting to hear the rest of the album straight through. Check it out.

Impossible Truth is out via Merge.