Ryley Walker

In November 2015, at the end of a ten month period which saw him play over 200 shows, Ryley Walker decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. The preceding months had been extraordinary. In March, his second album Primrose Green, emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a British tour. For all of that, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.

RELEASE // Ryley Walker’s New Album, ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’, Out Today

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How’re you doing? Did you know that Ryley Walker‘s new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, is out today? Feeling better now?

Sunny and shimmering, this record’s not unlike its cover (pardon the cheese), nor is it unlike a warm Chicago evening. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy Bach, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is very much born of the windy city. “The Roundabout” calls out Ryley’s favorite local watering hole, a handful of Chicago players appear on the record.

While tethered to this place he calls home, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung carves out its own microcosm. As The New York Times aptly put it, “His songs are rooms to poke around in, rustling the curtains.” So come on in. You can stream the album in full or purchase a copy below.

Don’t miss out on the deluxe bundle (2xLP with bonus tracks and ltd. edition color vinyl) – if that’s your bag.

Ryley will play two record release shows – one tonight (Friday, Aug. 19) at Rough Trade East in London, and one at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on Thursday Aug. 25. Shortly after he’ll embark on a seemingly un-ending world tour. Scroll down for the full list of dates!
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WATCH // Ryley Walker Shares “The Roundabout” Video

Feeling a little sluggish? That mid-week slump hitting you square in the jaw? Well, we’re here to give you a bit of an escape. Not us, but rather Ryley Walker! Today he’s unveiled the video for his latest single “The Roundabout”, directed, filmed and edited by Joe Martinez Jr. and taken from his upcoming album Golden Sings that Have Been Sung, out August 19 on Dead Oceans. When asked about the video’s content, Ryley explains,

“Fourth of July in Pilsen is the height of summer in Chicago.” He goes on, “Dozens of crews with ad hoc explosives and a beer in hand make for a blitzkrieg celebration. I lived at 21st/Leavitt some years back and got to know this evening first hand very well. Forever my favorite part of summer in the city. This video hopefully captures a few of those moments of joy from the people involved.”

So dig out those fireworks you’ve got left over and press play on Ryley Walker’s latest clip. If you haven’t already, you can claim your copy of Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung via: Dead Oceans (that’s us), iTunes, Amazon, or your local indie shop!

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LISTEN // Ryley Walker Shares New Single, “The Roundabout”

Good morning! Do you have your coffee? Been through the morning paper? If you’re looking for a moment to step outside your daily routine, look no further. We’ve got a new cut from Ryley Walker called “The Roundabout”, taken from his upcoming album Golden Sings that Have Been Sung (out August 19th).


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LISTEN // Ryley Walker Announces New Album, Shares “The Halfwit In Me”

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Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.

 

In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support of Primrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.

 

He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parker was the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.

 

Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space called Whistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”

 

For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.

 

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.

 

Pre-order Golden Sings That Have Been Sung:

Dead Oceans // iTunes // Amazon // Indies

 

GOLDEN SINGS THAT HAVE BEEN SUNG TRACKLIST:

The Halfwit In Me

A Choir Apart

Funny Thing She Said

Sullen Mind

I Will Ask You Twice

The Roundabout

The Great And Undecided

Age Old Tale

tour dates

12/03/16

Talinn, EE - Christmas Jazz Festival

12/04/16

Oslo, NO - John Dee

12/05/16

Stockholm, SE - Bryggarsalen

12/06/16

Copenhagen, DK - Jazzhouse

12/07/16

Hamburg, DE - Nochtspeicher

12/08/16

Cologne, DE - Studio 672

12/15/16

Tel Aviv, IS - Barby
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The Roundabout by Ryley Walker
The Halfwit In Me by Ryley Walker
Dhoodan by Ryley Walker
Sweet Satisfaction by Ryley Walker
Primrose Green by Ryley Walker

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The Roundabout
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Sweet Satisfaction
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