Great Spans of Muddy Time

William Doyle - Great Spans of Muddy Time
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #26 / 182
User Score
Based on 160 ratings
2021 Ratings: #52
Liked by 12 people
March 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Tough Love / Label
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Loud and Quiet

Great Spans jettisons reference for dizzying experience. Foraging further into the wilderness, Doyle has uncovered a maximalist Lynchian heaven from the undergrowth.

The Line of Best Fit

Having previously recognised, celebrated and paid homage to those that have gone before, with Great Spans of Muddy Time William Doyle has now become his own man, capable of producing work on an equal level to those who have come before.

Louder Than War

This is an album for people who like experimental electronic music and beautiful songs. There’s nothing too harsh on this yet it’s noisy and slightly unconventional.


Seesawing between pristine songcraft and experimentalism makes for a diverse, satisfying whole.


Tape machine experiments and a hard- drive failure left Doyle embracing imperfection and jagged edges. However, putting perfectionism aside hasn't lessened his knack for melody and texture.


Taken together, Great Spans of Muddy Time makes for an immersive, profound experience that will reward repeat listens.

Beats Per Minute

This is music of depression without ever giving into it; music of depression refusing to be depressive. Instead, it has its sights firmly marked on emerging from it, towards an inevitable, if perhaps grimly distant, return to normalcy and life anew.


What ‘Great Spans…’ may lack in coherence, it makes up for with occasional moments of sheer beauty.


It probably won’t be to everyone’s tastes ... and newcomers to his music may be best pointed towards Your Wilderness Revisited instead. Nevertheless, this is another fine example of Doyle’s talent.


This is a messy, distracted record for messy, distracted times. Its creator has produced something studiously imperfect, a cracked vase that’s beauty you can’t help but admire while still wishing you could see it perfect and whole.

'Great Spans of Muddy Time' has one of the most beautiful covers this year so far. William Doyle is smart enough to translate the beauty towards the sound as well, the instrumentation with the production is well balanced. A mix of elegant instruments and some touches of synth has made many of the songs special enough, the gritty details, the double/triple loops in the beats are also so magnificent, his voice have a particular task in translating the lyrics yet it works like a catalyzer.

A beautiful blend of Perfume Genius-like art pop and pleasing electronic ambient music. Quite experimental at times. I strongly preferred the tracks with his vocals!

Favourite tracks: i need to keep you in my life, And Everything Changed (But I Feel Alright), Nothing at All, Semi-bionic, Theme from Muddy Time
[65.92] Saw this on the explore page as a release today, and when I review an album I know nothing about sadly not the greatest thoughts are expressed in my initial statement. Great Spans of Muddy Time, an awesome title btw, is an interesting blend of alternative pop with the ambition of, not trying to reinvent, but stand out in its genre. I try to use the "ambition" word carefully, because I can never know the goal, however after hearing the full runtime, I hear a great addition to ... read more
this was... interesting. trippy, even.
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As for the album itself:
Basically it's M83's and Pink Floyd's love child.
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Track List

  1. I Need to Keep You in My Life
  2. And Everything Changed (But I Feel Alright)
  3. Somewhere Totally Else
  4. Shadowtackling
  5. Who Cares
  6. Nothing at All
  7. Rainfalls
  8. New Uncertainties
  9. St. Giles' Hill
  10. Semi-bionic
  11. A Forgotten Film
  12. Theme from Muddy Time
  13. [a sea of thoughts behind it]
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Added on: January 13, 2021