The Echo Presents
William Tyler, Matt Kivel
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
You most likely have already heard of Daughn Gibson. In the short time since the release of his debut album All Hell, the handsome balladeer hailing from Carlisle, PA is capturing serious attention by tastemakers and music fans interested in new takes on country and blues. Daughn’s background is rooted in playing in punk and metal bands and truckdriving across America, but it seems recently, he’s taken this hearty rough-and-tumble past and made it more gentile. Adding a dash of grace and debonaire known best to predecessors like Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood - doubtless influences. You might also hear subtle nods to Robert Johnson or Skip James, but Daughn throws a curveball by adding dark electronic elements to boot. Daughn Gibson’s charm and uniqueness comes from his ability to perhaps equally fit in alongside Toby Keith or Depeche Mode.
Daughn Gibson released his debut album All Hellfeaturing this already iconic blend of electronic country and blues on White Denim Records, owned by Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans in March. He quickly followed up this release with a 7” for “Lite Me Up” b/w “The Mark Of A Man” on Dull Knife Records. “Lite Me Up” is a perfect summer time jam…full of heart, soul, and a little bit of whimsical swagger. Daughn Gibson will be playing select shows throughout the country this summer.
Impossible Truth was born on tour as William Tyler was reading two books with an odd kinship while on long and lonely Midwestern drives: Barney Hoskyns' Hotel California and Mike Davis' The Ecology of Fear. Both center on the promise and psychosis of southern California, albeit from very different angles: Hoskyns tackles the naïve and narcissistic Laurel Canyon scene of the early seventies, while renowned social scientist Davis deals with the history of the destruction of Los Angeles, both in real and imagined disasters. The synchronistic tackling of these tomes inspired Tyler to compose a story rooted in apocalyptic expectation and bittersweet nostalgia. Or as Tyler puts it, this is "my '70s singer-songwriter record; it just doesn't have any words."
Recorded and mixed at Beech House in Nashville and co-produced by Tyler and Mark Nevers, Impossible Truth features guest appearances from Chris Scruggs, Luke Schneider, Roy Agee, and Lambchop compatriot Scott Martin. 2010's Behold the Spirit, William Tyler's first album under his own name, was celebrated by Pitchfork as "the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more" and established him as a critical favorite, the picker who, according to his friend and tour mate M.C. Taylor from Hiss Golden Messenger, "connects the dots between Sandy Bull, Richard Thompson, Bruce Langhorne, and Reggie Young."
Impossible Truth will challenge your ideas of what an instrumental guitar record can and should be.
“Matt Kivel's Double Exposure is a small masterpiece of humble virtues: warm, patient, calm. It is beautifully, pristinely recorded, finely wrought; its ten songs represent some of the least insistent music you will be spellbound by all year.
The muffled boom of the bass drum on "White Rice", the pearly piano notes, ringing down a long hallway in "Rainbow Trout", the humming—insect looping guitars that swarm through "All Will Be Well", the small bursts of static at the edges of "Days of Heaven"—each touch registers like an event within the hallowed space that Kivel creates. The album doesn't so much grow on you as accrete, like daytime shadow creeping across the room. It's been seven months since I first tried to puzzle out Double Exposure, and it keeps eluding me. I don't know when I'll want to stop trying, but not soon.” — Jayson Greene (Pitchfork)