William Tyler has played fine guitar for such Nashville luminaries as Lambchop, Silver Jews and Hands Off Cuba, and his record label, Sebastian Speaks, has done public service on the order of reissuing Collie Ryan’s 1975 The Hour Is Now, a primal slice of outsider folk music. An outsider folkie himself, Tyler has come up with a nifty new solo full-length, Behold the Spirit, which combines ambient passages — folk music as aerial reconnaissance, maybe — with some gorgeous melodies. “Oahspe” combines British-style folk-rock guitar with country-blues picking, while “Missionary Ridge” and “The Cult of the Peacock Angel” explore the great Americana triadic tradition. When he gets it right, as on “The Green Pastures” and “Tears and Saints,” the warm Americana of his melodies benefits from compelling chord changes and true sonic imagination. Behold is as catchy as any current acoustic-revival music, and more adventurous than most. Free.
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