DEBUT ALBUM BY CHICAGO’S RYLEY WALKER, OUT Now on LP/CD/DL
Ryley Walker is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago.
Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave).
The West Wind, Ryley’s debut 3 song 12″ EP released in November, features “The West Wind” from the forthcoming album, and two B sides : “A Home For Me” and “Sweet Little Betsy” (w/Daniel Bachman). The 180g, 45rpm 12″ received praise from UNCUT, NPR, BBC, Rolling Stone and many other outlets.
“With the charming swagger of jazz-folk troubadour Tim Buckley and the resonant, full picking style of Bert Jansch, ‘The West Wind’ comes from Walker’s first widely available release, a three-song 12″. With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley’s ‘Starsailor’; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm.”
- NPR Music
“Ryley Walker, a spaced-out young singer from Chicago who claws at his instrument like an angry old soul, was one of them. He spent his Thursday night practically snapping the strings off his guitar, squeezing magic and violence out of a gorgeous songbook. This was rainy day music for when the wind is threatening to rip your house from its foundation.” – Washington Post