Nashville guitarist William Tyler has played with the idiosyncratic chamber pop group Lambchop and the even more idiosyncratic slacker-folk poetry project Silver Jews, but it seems fair to say he’s never appeared on a better record than his own new Impossible Truth on Merge.
Eight lengthy instrumental suites function as a showcase for Tyler’s incandescent fingerpicking, each of them accented by lush featherweight arrangements that wouldn’t be out of place on a Yo La Tengo record. It all sounds warm, welcoming and definitively Southern, yet it could have just as easily sprung from the soil of another planet. The song titles lend themselves to detachment from time and space altogher: “Country of Illusion”, “The Geography of Nowhere”, “We Can’t Go Home Again”, “World Set Free”.
Joining Tyler Friday will be Black Swans leader Jerry David DeCicca in his last performance as a Columbus resident before relocating to Austin. Maceo Gabbard of Cincinnati’s Buffalo Killers rounds out the bill.