Marisa Anderson & William Tyler distill deeply rooted and varied traditions into distinctive voices all their own. They are each unyielding in their desire to extend through those traditions and the confines of “guitar music” to craft music at once intimate and expansive, conversational and transcendent.
The duo’s debut collaborative album, On Lost Futures (Thrill Jockey), tethers together their singular voices into unified narratives that glisten, drive, and sway. Anderson and Tyler’s guitars dance through lush arrangements and pastoral duets serpentine and reverent.
Lost Futures takes its name from writer Mark Fisher’s cultural theory of the loss of potential futures, the hopes and ideals which once felt inevitable but have since been interrupted. Anderson and Tyler’s use of textural drones, rhythmic repetition and harmonic shifts embody the building tensions of uncertainty created by profound loss: loss of life, experience, companionship, compassion.
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