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William Doyle announces new EP with lead track "The Unanswered Why"

29 September 2021, 11:15 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

William Doyle is back with news of his forthcoming EP Alternate Lands, and has shared new track "The Unanswered Why" to accompany the announcement.

"The Unanswered Why" is Doyle's first new outing since his March album Great Spans of Muddy Time, and will feature on his upcoming EP Alternate Lands.

Speaking about the new EP, Doyle explains, "Following the release of Great Spans of Muddy Time in March, I’ve decided to release this new EP called Alternate Lands. The material on Spans was largely left untouched in its crushed and saturated format, having been salvaged from cassette tapes after losing session files in a hard drive failure, whereas Alternate Lands takes sketches first started on those same tapes and reimagines their potential."

"Although these songs were crafted in the same time period as Spans, I’ve taken them in a direction that resonates with where my head is at currently, while also signposting to the way my sound is heading for the next album," Doyle continues. "Across the three original tracks here, the production is more full and direct than at any point in my career, favouring upfront vocals and solid rhythms as opposed to hazy atmospherics."

Doyle adds, "I also chose to include a cover of one of my favourite songs by Robyn Hitchcock, "Autumn Is Your Last Chance". Hitchcock has always been influential on my music, perhaps more in spirit and feeling than as a touchstone for sound. My cover was recorded direct to cassette around the time of making Spans and blends my love of Hitchcock’s compositions with the sort of sound world that people may associate me with."

Tracklist:

  1. Autumn Is Your Last Chance
  2. The Unanswered Why
  3. Inner-National
  4. An Apparition (Without Event)
"The Unanswered Why" is out now. William Doyle's Alternate Lands EP will arrive 26 November, and is available to pre-order now.
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