William Tyler – Tompkins Square – 8.6

Every genre has its icons and its iconoclasts. Rock’n’roll will likely always have both bands that sound like Led Zeppelin and bands that absorbed Led Zeppelin but marched proudly in an unforeseen direction. Country music has chicken grease-and-cheap beer adherents in addition to pop crossover darlings, while rap brims with boom-bap purists and backpacking sonic explorers. These divisions are rarely as evident or amusing as they are in the world of guitar instrumentalists, a realm where either John Fahey is some sanctified combination of Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon or the brilliant dude who has become annoying because he’s the only touchstone most people have. You either fully embrace Fahey– like, say, the late Jack Rose— or you run the other way, like Ben Chasny with his work as Six Organs of Admittance. A middle ground exists, certainly, but it’s rarely been claimed with the grace and elocution of Behold the Spirit, the debut from young Nashville guitarist William Tyler. Arguably the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more, it accepts Fahey’s legacy while escaping its shadow. Moreover, it’s simply a joy to hear

For entire feature:  http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14999-behold-the-spirit/

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William Tyler – Behold The Spirit (TSQ2424/894807002424/C12) available now

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