A double bill of nomadic guitar men who follow their own maps and hearts, with the welcome addition of a superlative new-school percussionist.
Michael Chapman is a UK folk legend, his records have been released by Harvest and John Peel and has been championed by artists such as No Neck Blues Band and Jack Rose, with whom he toured the US. William is versed in more wayward indie country ways, and has been playing out with Lambchop a lot over the last 10 years. Via his jams with Silver Jews he also hooked up with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Different types, ages and influences but, each possesses their own special way of playing the guitar.
While William Tyler was sessioning with artists as diverse as country legend Charlie Louvin and soul singer Candi Staton, he spent time at home working on fragmentary guitar pieces and tape collages under the moniker The Paper Hats, calling on the spirit of Sandy Bull and the early Siltbreeze catalog. Then in 2008, his old friend and collaborator Volker Zander (Calexico) released the Paper Hats LP ‘Desert Canyon’ on his Apparent Extent imprint, and the two toured Europe. Now Tyler has released his first album under his own name, ‘Behold the Spirit’ (Tompkins Square), a collection of acoustic and electric guitar works intertwined with open form audio landscapes and delicately arranged instrumentation. Equal parts Appalachian drone and ambient noise.
“The world is crawling with Fahey loving guitar players but ones as good as Tyler are rare” – Dusted
“There are always going to be people like Mr. Tyler, looking for the irreducible essences in American art” – New York Times