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Albums Of The Week: William Tyler & The Impossible Truth | Secret Stratosphere

The babyfaced ex-Lambchop and Silver Jews guitar virtuoso continues to push the boundaries of his instrument with these shape-shifting, genre-bending performances.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Recorded live at Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville, Alabama, in May 2021, Secret Stratosphere finds William Tyler and fellow psychedelic dreamers The Impossible Truth refashioning prime cuts from the Nashville guitarist’s rich catalog, casting new light onto once-familiar songs.

Featuring the crackling combo of bassist Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Dead Weather), drummer Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews, Country Westerns), and pedal steel player Luke Schneider (Margo Price), the quartet stretch the dynamics of Tyler’s compositions to their fullest interdimensional potential, exposing a deep undercurrent of kosmische and post-rock influences (with the right amount of grit from the nitrous corner of the Dead Lot).

In teasing these influences out on favorites and new songs alike — he cheekily calls closer Area Code 601 a “Hawkwind-meets-Charlie Daniels Band number” before sending the crowd home on a previously unreleased stunner that lives somewhere between mind-expanding prog and beer-commercial Southern rock — Secret Stratosphere confirms Tyler’s place as one of our most brilliant guitarists, bandleaders and composers.

Tyler spent years woodshedding and touring with Nashville groups like Lambchop and Silver Jews before breaking away to focus on his own version of instrumental guitar music.”