Merge – January 25th

While it may be a stretch to call such a move ‘daring’, it’s certainly a point of note that Goes West finds its creator casting aside the electric guitar which dominated his 2016 masterpiece, Modern Country, in exclusive favour of its unplugged counterpart. In reality, though, Tyler has managed to create something quite wonderful out of what could perhaps be described, a little unfairly, as ‘acoustic guitar noodling’ – no minor feat – and built something unabashedly American in its influence; it’s the soundtrack of open roads at dusk, and the work of an artist who seems to reach higher peaks with each new offering, and shows no signs of slowing down. What a lot of joy and beauty there is to unwrap in these ten instrumentals.

Buy: William Tyler – Goes West

Live: St John on Bethnal Green on April 25th