William Tyler is a talented musician but his latest album of instrumental cosmic country, Goes West, lands a little soft.
It makes for great background music while you’re talking to someone on a road trip, but something happens when no one’s talking; you notice the music playing. It’s missing something. It’s not reaching out and catching your attention, drawing you in.
When a song has no vocals, more pressure is put on the other instruments to rise up. They need to create that driving force or in order to structure the song and help make sense of the noise. While the tracks on this album sound nice, they don’t take advantage of the opportunity they have to do something unique.