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



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.


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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

WATCH // Julianna Barwick Shares “Same” Video; ‘Will’ Out Now

Julianna Barwick’s music belongs to a pocket universe. That is to say, it’s other-worldly yet tethered to our current state of time and place. Earthly elements (vocals, keys, etc.) are contorted, folded, layered to dizzying effect. Her new album, Will, makes for a great case study. “Same”, the second single off Will, is our case in point – and now it has a captivating video to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

RELEASE DAY // Julianna Barwick’s ‘Will’ is Out Worldwide Today


“To listen to the music of Julianna Barwick is to be swept away; to be transported someplace sacred. It’s the sound of yearning, searching and escape.” – NPR Music

“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced Will.” – Pitchfork

“Writing about just one Julianna Barwick track feels like reviewing only one star in the constellation.” –SPIN

Today marks the release of a truly special record from Julianna Barwick, namely her third full-length, Will. Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, Will is a travelogue of sorts – weaving together swaths of inspiration from a desolate house in upstate New York to the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal.

An electric current runs throughout the record, sharp and soft textures colliding to cathartic results. Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm – looming and restorative all at once. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still.

Barwick will tour in support of Will starting this week in Los Angeles. She’s added a new date at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on June 25th. Mas Ysa will support. Full list of dates below.

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Julianna Barwick Tour Dates

05/06/16 Los Angeles, CA – Velaslavasay Panorama (SOLD OUT) **
05/07/16 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel **
05/10/16 Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey Arts Center **
05/11/16 Portland, OR – The Old Church **
05/15/16 Arcosanti, AZ – FORM Arcosanti
05/21/16 Durham, NC – Moogfest 2016 at First Presbyterian
06/02/16 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
06/04/16 Berlin, DE – Torstrassen Festival
06/06/16 Paris, FR – Carmen
06/07/16 Brussels, BE – La Nuit de Botanique Festival
06/08/16 London, UK – Pickle Factory
06/15/16 Washington, DC – Sixth & I **
06/16/16 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness **
06/17/16 Cincinnati, OH – Ice Cream Factory **
06/18/16 Chicago, IL – Constellation **
06/19/16 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Culture Center **
06/20/16 Madison, WI – The Frequency **
06/22/16 Indianapolis, IN – Tube Factory Artspace **
06/23/16 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art **
06/24/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **
06/25/16 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom **
08/18/16 – 08/21/16 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival

** – Mas Ysa

RELEASE DAY // Kevin Morby’s ‘Singing Saw’ Out Worldwide Today


Singing Saw is a breakthrough for just how fully formed it is, a beautifully structured and produced record that is nothing short of a triumph.” – NPR Music’s Songs We Love

“Kevin Morby’s superb third album is the sound of a man gently losing his mind to music and not caring that much at all.” – UNCUT, 9/10

Singing Saw is his strongest album because it shows a process of refinement, and because Morby’s songwriting has become less referential and more grounded. The basic ingredients haven’t changed, but Morby is figuring out how to retain and amplify his strongest points—his weary and wise voice, his understanding of how the musical pieces fit together—and leave everything else behind” – Pitchfork, Best New Music

Kevin Morby has long been an artist whose work we admire. So needless to say, we’re elated that today marks the release of his stunning Dead Oceans debut, Singing Saw. These songs were crafted on a left-behind upright piano at Morby’s new-found home in the hills of Los Angeles. Listening along you can practically feel the winding side streets of his neighborhood, see the skyline’s sweeping lights, and hear the wind rustle the dried out underbrush of the LA flora.

This is Morby’s most realized effort of songwriting and lyricism. Singing Saw is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for this young, gifted songwriter with a kind face and a complicated mind.

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LISTEN // Stream Kevin Morby’s ‘Singing Saw’, Out 4/15


Today, Kevin Morby is streaming his incredible new record, Singing Saw, in full. That’s right! You can hear the whole thing right now thanks to a variety of radio partners throughout the US and Canada. We’re so excited to have CBC, KCRW from Los Angeles, KTBG from Kansas City (Kevin’s hometown), KCMP of Minneapolis, WXPN of Philadelphia on board to support Kevin’s stunning Dead Oceans debut.

WXPN (starts @ 3PM EST) –

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