• The cover of William Tyler’s Impossible Truth

It’s coincidental that I happened to watch In Search of Blind Joe Death, a documentary about John Fahey, at the same time that I’ve been playing William Tyler‘s latest album, Impossible Truth, on repeat. Like Fahey, Tyler is a guitarist who plays solo instrumental music, but I find the latter’s style to be distinctly different. On his debut, 2010’s Behold the Spirit (Tompkins Square), the Fahey analogy was more pronounced, since you could hear the same ghostly connection to American blues artists. But Impossible Truth has a backstory that lends it its own identity as an instrumental guitar album.