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Title - 'Goes West'
Artist - William Tyler

For those not in the know, William Tyler is an American musician and guitarist who plays folk, indie folk, and pop rock.

He is a member of Lambchop and Silver Jews and his debut studio album, Behold the Spirit, was released on November 22nd, 2010.

Tyler's second studio album, Impossible Truth, was released on March 19th, 2013, his third Modern Country June 3rd, 2016 (both via Merge Records), and now his fourth album, the rather stunning effort Goes West, is due out January 25th, 2019 (once again via Merge Records).

1. 'Fail Safe'
2. 'Not in Our Stars'
3. 'Call Me When I'm Breathing Again'
4. 'Eventual Surrender'
5. 'Rebecca'
6. 'Venus in Aquarius'
7. 'Virginia Is for Loners'
8. 'Man in a Hurry'
9. 'Our Lady of the Desert'

Goes West marks a narrowing of focus for Tyler's music for it sounds as though he has found a way to point himself directly toward the rich and bittersweet emotional center of each track; without being distracted by wayward side ventures.

The beautiful guitar work of Tyler immediately comes to the fore on the opening track, 'Fail Safe,' which in turn is backed by the playful bounce of 'Not in Our Stars.' The quietly lush orchestrations of 'Call Me When I'm Breathing Again,' is then followed seamlessly by the layered, textured work of 'Eventual Surrender.'

The mood changes slightly for the more tonal 'Rebecca' which is backed by the dulcet string work of 'Venus in Aquarius' and then the stunning military ambiance brought forth within 'Virginia Is for Loners' captivates from the very start.

A truly captivating 'Man in a Hurry' is one of my own personal highlights and then the album rounds out with the excellent composition, and subtle expressions found throughout his guitar work on 'Our Lady of the Desert.' [Oh, and keep the CD in as there's a lovely bonus track!]

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