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Ryley Walker





Ryley Walker "Deafman Glance"

Ryley Walker is preparing to release his latest full-length album, Deafman Glance, on May 18th (Dead Oceans). The album features contributions from Cooper Cain (Bitchin’ Bajas, Cave), Bill Mackay, Brian J Sulpizo (Health&Beauty), Leroy Bach (Wilco, Five Style), Andrew Scott Young (Tiger Hatchery), Matt Lux, and others.

In a recent conversation with Laura Barton, Walker said this a more Chicago sounding record then his past two releases. In his words, "Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears. Everybody here’s always hustling….. This record is the sound of walking home late at night through Chicago in the middle of winter and being half-creeped out, scared someone’s going to punch you in the back of the head, and half in the most tranquil state you’ve been in all day, enjoying the quiet and this faint wind, and buses going by on all-night routes. That’s the sound to tune in to. That’s the sound of Chicago to me”. A love letter to Chicago, may be, may be not, but Walker shares what he has experienced on this album in a way he hasn’t before.

You can help Ryley celebrate his new album at Hungry Brain on May 18th (Sold Out!) and May 19th. (Photo by Guy Eppel)

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Ryley Walker @ Empty Bottle

Ryley Walker has released a video for the lead single, "The Roundabout", from his forthcoming album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, which is due out on Aug. 19th via Dead Oceans.

You can catch Ryley Walker on August 25th at Empty Bottle with Luggage and TALsounds.

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Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker

Bill MacKay (Darts & Arrows) and Ryley Walker are teaming up to release an instrumental record, Land of Plenty, via Whistler Records. The seven tracks on the album were recorded during the duo's month long residency at The Whistler in January 2015 by Alex Inglizian of Experimental Sound Studios and was mixed by Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, Wild Belle).

You can celebrate the release of Land of Plenty with MacKay & Walker on August 12th at The Whistler.

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Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker released his latest album, Primrose Green, via Dead Oceans this week. Walker has really launched into the public eye over the last and this album is pure validation of that success.

Walker is currently touring the world and will next play Chicago at Pitchfork Music Fest July 17th to 19th.

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Album of the Month: Ryley Walker "All Kinds Of You"

The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.

Ryley Walker will be a part of The Hideout's SXSW Send Off Party tomorrow night, March 8th, along with many other SXSW musicians. He will be performing at SXSW on Thurs. March 13th, Stephen F's, Intercontinental at 10 pm.

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