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"A Long Dream"

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Tyler Ramsey: 'A Long Dream'

Tyler Ramsey: 'A Long Dream'

"A Long Dream"

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Josh Rhinehart

Tyler Ramsey, a multi-instrumentalist from Asheville, NC, has a raspy, soulful voice that he ties with surrealist dream-folk on his latest record, A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea. Ramsey mixes subtle instrumental experimentation with simple lyrics and gentle atmospherics.

The album opens with "A Long Dream." The track begins with Ramsey's bluesy vocals painting the tail of his "long dream." The guitar riff is delicate and melodic. The song evolves more intricately as more layers of fiddle, vibraphone and omnichord are added.

Ramsey is currently signed to Echo Mountain records. He says he's continuously experimenting with different styles and instruments and is contributing to a number of other bands from his hometown. Ramsey has also played guitar for Band of Horses, a group that he's currently opening for on a European tour.

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