Two years after the release of the stunning album Modern Country, folk guitarist William Tyler is back with a new band, new album, and new single “Fail Safe.” While Tyler has firmly cemented himself as one of the best players in Nashville over the years, his forthcoming LP Goes West, out January 25, is inspired by, and was written in, his newfound home of California.
“Fail Safe” centers around Tyler’s signature acoustic fingerpicking, building from a subtle verse to a lush chorus accompanied by electric guitar from Meg Duffy and Bill Frisell, bass from Brad Cook, keys from James Wallace of Hiss Golden Messenger, and a driving drum beat from Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes. The song’s sound is effervescent and sweeping – you’ll roll up and down with the guitar riffs just like a fingerpicking pattern. As you listen, you’ll notice Tyler has a knack for knowing when to steer away from a riff you’ve come to love and introduce you to one that’s even better. “Fail Safe” is a wonderful, gleaming track that will instantly endear you to Tyler’s inimitable songwriting.
You can stream the track on all streaming platforms including Bandcamp. You can pre-order Goes West on CD or LP from Merge Records ahead of its release on January 25. William Tyler ends a short run opening for Ty Segall tonight, November 9, at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.
Image Credits: Photo by Chantal Anderson