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William Tyler to release new EP for Bandcamp Friday

01 September 2020, 14:39 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

William Tyler has announced his new digital-only EP New Vanitas, which will be released on Friday (4 September) as part of Bandcamp Friday.

This Friday (4 September) will be the latest edition of Bandcamp Friday. Back in July, the platform announced that it would continue to waive its revenue shares for 24 hours on the first Friday of each month for the rest of 2020.

To coincide with Bandcamp Friday this week, guitarist William Tyler has announced his new digital EP New Vanitas.

New Vanitas will feature seven tracks, and will be Tyler's first release since scoring Kelly Reichardt's film First Cow.

The EP was recorded this year in Nashville across multiple sessions, and will feature Tyler's March single "Time Indefinite".

According to Consequence of Sound, Tyler says of his EP, "The concept of 'vanitas' in medieval art refers to the juxtaposition of macabre symbols of death with material ephemera in order to illustrate the impermanence of earthly things. What struck me about this was not the representation of death in a macabre/morbid way, but rather that very sense of ephemerality and impermanence. Reading an article about the history of ephemera in art led me to the concept of vanitas, and I wanted to find a way to pivot that in a more, well, hopeful direction. But these paintings force us to bear witness to the contrasts of life, death, and impermanence, and if 2020 has taught me about anything, it is this concept of ‘bearing witness’ both on a personal and political level."


  1. With News About Heaven
  2. Time Indefinite
  3. Big Sky Waltz
  4. Four Corners
  5. Slow Night’s Static
  6. She Swims in Hidden Water
  7. Pisces Backroads
William Tyler's New Vanitas EP will be released on Friday (4 September) via Bandcamp.
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