It’s kinda easy to get swept away by Americana envy when you drift along to the music of William Tyler. Close your eyes, get yourself on the cusp of dozing and daydreams and hell, maybe even crack open a beer. A wooden porch, the hum of overworked AC, the distant chatter of cicadas: allow yourself every damn cliche you can. We’re in England, and if we’re experiencing this we’re going to experience it like we learned from the movies and books that made us long for open roads, pit stops of black coffee, $2 hotdogs and the best apple pie you ever ate. Then I guess get on with whatever it was you were doing. Actually, screw that: listen to ‘Sunken Garden’ (from Tyler’s fourth full-length Modern Country, released via Merge) one more time and wonder about the story behind the person making this beautifully timeless music, to discover it’s a lame frozen yoghurt job, meeting Brian Wilson and a hankering to play in Alaska.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
New Age Rural

My favourite film ever is…
The Memory of Justice by Marcel Ophuls

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Brian Wilson.

The song I hate the most is…
‘The Star Spangled Banner’

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Working at a frozen yogurt store

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Roxy Music

My favourite word is…
Gratitude

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be…
Speak any language

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Alaska

I think you should listen to…
RB Morris

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Stevie Wonder

Buy: Modern Country