William Tyler & The Impossible Truth :: Area Code 601

Crash landing somewhere between the deep fried expanses of Amon Düül II and brawny riffs of Tres Hombres, “Area Code 601” presents guitarist William Tyler in a thrilling new mode: that of a feedback-drenched country prog rocker. Joined by backing band The Impossible Truth—bassist Jack Lawrence (Raconteurs, Dead Weather), drummer Brian Kotzur (Silver Jews), and Luke Schneider (Margo Price)—the song arrives alongside the announcement of a new live album, Secret Stratosphere, due out March 31st from Merge.

Music From First Cow and Other Films Real or Imagined (An Echo Magic Mixtape)

Just before the lockdown, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt released First Cow, the filmmaker’s seventh feature film. A slow and mediative movie, it features sounds by AD compatriot William Tyler, who recorded the soundtrack with Scott Hirsch at Echo Magic Studio. While composing and recording, Tyler and Hirsch put together a “mood board” of sounds they referenced while working. Here, Hirsch shares that mixtape, along with his thoughts about First Cow.

Transmissions: A Conversation With William Tyler

For the last decade, William Tyler’s widescreen guitar epics have told wordless stories, about forgotten histories, American myths, backroads, and mystic visions. On this episode of Transmissions he discusses traveling to Nashville as the pandemic spread and the art he’s been enjoying while hunkered down.