Impossible Truth

William Tyler

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FLAC ? $11.49 BUY + Wish List
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MRG465 | Release Date March 19, 2013

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Impossible Truth is William Tyler's debut album on Merge Records. Rooted in apocalyptic expectation and bittersweet nostalgia, Tyler describes the record as “my ’70s singer-songwriter record; it just doesn’t have any words.”

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.

Impossible Truth will challenge your ideas of what an instrumental guitar record can and should be. As his friend and tour mate M.C. Taylor from Hiss Golden Messenger puts it, “William will worry a phrase—some tangled chordal wormhole—until you are certain it’s all that exists. He’ll take you over the stiles, he’ll love you up and down, and then he’ll make you cry for the world and what we’ve done to it."

LP is pressed on 120-gram vinyl, and includes a coupon for a full download.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play Country of Illusion 08:56 $0.99 Buy
Play Geography of Nowhere 06:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Cadillac Desert 06:35 $0.99 Buy
Play We Can't Go Home Again 06:16 $0.99 Buy
Play A Portrait of Sarah 05:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Hotel Catatonia 04:24 $0.99 Buy
Play Last Residents of Westfall 05:14 $0.99 Buy
Play The World Set Free 10:12 $0.99 Buy

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*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.

What is the difference between MP3 and FLAC files?

Merge offers the highest quality MP3s possible. They are encoded without DRM using the LAME version 3.97 encoder at non-variable rate of 320 kbps. At this quality level, the sound is essentially indistinguishable from a CD.

We also offer FLAC digital music files. FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an uncompressed audio format. As such, FLAC files provide a perfect digital copy of a given piece of music.

MP3s eliminate audio data in order to reduce file size. FLAC files are by definition 'lossless' and are a perfect digital copy of the original source material. Because of this, a FLAC audio file is much larger in size than an MP3 file. While FLAC audio is ideal if you listen to your music on a higher-end home stereo, or enjoy close-listening on headphones, it does not have as widespread playback support as the MP3 format.

*Note: FLAC files do not work in iTunes.

"Includes Download Coupon". What does that mean? 
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