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william tyler

Modern Country

Merge Records


Released: 3rd Jun 2016


lp + download

Released: 3rd Jun 2016


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like a radiant, komische lambchop, the 4th full-length from the guitarist & composer attempts to leave any perceived comfort zone in instrumental music.

featuring an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O’Rourke) & percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco), 'Modern Country' finds Tyler exploring more focused melodic themes rather than the ethereal wanderings of 2013’s 'Impossible Truth' - closer in spirit to Neu!, Penguin Cafe Orchestra & Bill Frisell. a collection of songs about the vanishing America that still exists on back roads, in small towns, on AM radio stations. it's gloriously addictive. "able to summon a wide range of moods, from plaintive pastoral folk to a particular kind of kosmische American music that fuses Brad Cook’s spacey synths & Luke Schneider’s gorgeous pedal steel like a slow, steady breeze on a hot summer day" - 8/10 - pitchfork.

Modern Country


  1. Highway Anxiety
  2. I’m Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)
  3. Kingdom of Jones
  4. Albion Moonlight
  5. Gone Clear
  6. Sunken Garden
  7. The Great Unwind