When Michael wrote about William Tyler’s single “Cadillac Desert” last year, he bemoaned the fact that the artist’s sophomore album Impossible Truth was not out yet. Tyler’s 2010 debut Behold The Spirit earned him recognition as a guitar guru separate from his work alongside Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Lambchop, and Silver Jews. Fortunately, Impossible Truth is available to stream two weeks before its 3/19 release date. The album is soaked in nostalgic Americana; the introductory “Country Of Illusion” is a road song reminiscent of dusty trails and highway maps. Aside from the gorgeously stumbling “A Portrait Of Sarah,” all of the songs on the album are named for some sort of place. These titles become all the more significant with only Tyler’s lush, jangling guitar arrangements available for interpretation and no lyrics to cling to. As each song fades into the next, the hypnotic album journeys through a vast emotional landscape. You can stream it now on SPIN.
Impossible Truth is out 3/19 via Merge Records.