Vinyl Pressing Review

William Tyler

Impossible Truth

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 08.22.2013

'Impossible Truth' is the sophomore effort from longtime Lambchop touring guitarist William Tyler. An entirely instrumental album rooted in the American west, Tyler often builds from a foundation of pastoral acoustic lines, layering more experimental, dynamic tones and timbres over-top. The songs run the gamut from somber to psychedelic, with each achieving its own distinct beauty.

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Overall Sound:


The production work by Mark Nevers at Beech House Recording on this LP is superb. He effectively captures Tyler's intricate work on guitar while still allowing for the songs to feel cohesive. The acoustic lines are crisp, while the work on electric is drenched in distortion without ever getting muddled. If only the pressing itself lived up to the recordings.

Pressing Quality:


I was a bit disappointed with the quality of this pressing, particularly given the standard of excellence that Merge typically upholds. The LPs are a little on the flimsy side at just 120 grams. The A/B disc displayed fairly significant warping, but not enough to effect playback on our table. The first track of the album's b-side had several prominent smudges that can likely be removed by some careful cleaning.

Vinyl Noise:


There is consistent static throughout the four sides of this double LP. It might not be prominent enough to distract from a straightforward garage rock LP, but it dulls the intricacy of the instrumentals at play here. The defect on the album's b-side (see: "Pressing Quality") effects the playback. No popping or skipping, but the ambient noise on this pressing is too significant to ignore.

Overall Artwork:


The gatefold sleeve is beautiful. The cover features an over-saturated photograph of Tyler standing near his motorcycle in front of a 1950s ranch set against a smoky backdrop. The inside of the jacket displays a panoramic view of a flock of crows feasting on garbage. The rear cover features a heavily saturated shot of a field at dusk, carrying over the color scheme from the front cover.

Overall Extras:


The album includes a digital download. The gatefold jacket is high quality and a nice bonus.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

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Total Score

: 3.55



Label: Merge Records
Release Year: 2013
Purchase Price: 20.98
Pressing Company: unknown
Format: 12 inch LP
# of Records: 2
Pressing Weight: 120 gram
Color: black
Gatefold: Yes
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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