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CD released: Jun 03, 2016

Tracklisting:
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
WILLIAM TYLER
MODERN COUNTRY
Label: MERGE RECORDS
Cat No: MRG545CD
Barcode: 0673855054520
Packaging: CD Regular

Modern Country is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer William Tyler and his ?rst recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O'Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and ?nished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook.
While there is never a comfort zone in instrumental music, Tyler attempts to leave any perceived one behind with Modern Country. His ?rst album for Merge, 2013's Impossible Truth, found Tyler exploring the boundaries of composition for solo guitar in a manner that paid homage to everyone from Leo Kottke to Brian Wilson. It was an epic song cycle that veered from cathedral-like psychedelic hymns to pastoral folk melodies. In contrast, Modern Country ?nds Tyler exploring more focused melodic themes rather than ethereal wanderings. These aren't pop songs, per se, but they are closer in spirit to Neu!, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and Bill Frisell.

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