Cosmic Pastoral: William Tyler on New Age, Windham Hill, and Emerging Sounds - 01-23


On Friday, January 25, William Tyler releases his fourth solo album, Goes West. A stunning and artfully constructed set of songs, it finds the Los Angeles-via-Nashville composer on acoustic guitar, joined by a cast of sympathetic collaborators, including Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell on electric guitar, bassist (and producer) Brad Cook, James Wallace on keys, and Griffin Goldsmith on drums. Together, this band brings to life some of Tyler’s most open and sweet compositions. There are a lot of traditions at work in Tyler’s songs—guitar soli, folk blues, new age, country, avant-garde, cosmic American music—but what emerges on Goes West isn’t limited to any of single genre tag; instead, Tyler uses elements of each to create his own sonic world. Above all, it’s a welcoming one. Here, Tyler explains where he’s coming from, examining the connections between the Palo Alto-born Windham Hill Records, the new age movement, and the sonic perfection of ECM.