Ryley Walker (Jansch-style vocals, finger-picking folk guitar with double bass and violins grooves)

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New album All Kinds of You is pretty good

What do you think?

I can see some people saying it's pretty derivative, and offers nothing new, but I'm a huge fan of this type of sound, so ya.

, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 22:55 (six years ago) link

He's on Spotify

, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:02 (six years ago) link

We've discussed him some on this thread-
Revolt of the ILX Brigade: New Post-Fahey Folk For PPL that post in the Takoma & Tompkin's Square Threads

ian, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:08 (six years ago) link

crap, sorry. when i searched i didn't include posts, just thread titles. you can delete or close this

, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:09 (six years ago) link

well, i don't see the need for that! maybe people will enjoy him having a thread of his own. don't worry.

ian, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:14 (six years ago) link

Awesome. I just read that he was touring with Cloud Nothings? Why do a lot of different bands and musicians I like end up playing with each other somehow even though they have different tastes. It happens a lot to me.

, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:18 (six years ago) link

Different sounds*

, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:19 (six years ago) link

he's good! easy to point out the influences, but i don't know, he does the style really well. and he's a hell of a guitarist.
i like that there's a less wispy approach to this genre, which is what most of the Nick Drake acolytes from the last decade or so have latched on to.

tylerw, Thursday, 1 May 2014 01:56 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

the Tim Buckley influence here is enormous.

charlie h, Thursday, 7 May 2015 11:55 (five years ago) link

specifically, i'm referring to what i've heard of Primrose Green.

charlie h, Thursday, 7 May 2015 11:56 (five years ago) link

Kinda surprised more people aren't talking about this album. It's great. Definitely check him out live. His band is fantastic. Closest I can imagine to seeing Tim Buckley circa Happy Sad.

john. a resident of chicago., Thursday, 7 May 2015 12:36 (five years ago) link

The 1968 Buckleyisms were what put me off this record: it seemed so derivative it was almost pastiche.

Unsettled defender (ithappens), Thursday, 7 May 2015 13:37 (five years ago) link

I guess not being super familiar with Buckley helps, as that doesn't bother me at all. I absolutely love this record. More than anything else, I was picking up a John Martyn vibe.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 May 2015 15:15 (five years ago) link

yeah i get more of a Martyn thing from the vocals (though Buckley is certainly in the mix). pastiche complaints are valid, but i just enjoy it regardless.

tylerw, Thursday, 7 May 2015 15:17 (five years ago) link

this record rules

Agreed about this, I think it's a great record and that the backing band is hot shit. The Buckley vibe doesn't bother me in the least. I also hear a bit of Nick Drake in parts. I'm seeing him at Solid Sound this year. I sincerely hope he has his band with him, but I doubt it.

kwhitehead, Thursday, 7 May 2015 17:54 (five years ago) link

the hot shit drummer is my teacher!! he's awesome. apparently they only had one rehearsal the day before they recorded the album? i had no idea he was on it until for some reason i looked him up to see what he was up to and saw he was playing with RW and then i read this

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ryley-walker-primrose-green-guitar-dead-oceans-bachman/Content?oid=16985488

Florianne Fracke (La Lechera), Thursday, 7 May 2015 17:59 (five years ago) link

this record rules

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:49 PM (26 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

adam, Thursday, 7 May 2015 18:16 (five years ago) link

I've already said it in two other threads but yeah I fucking love this album

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Thursday, 7 May 2015 18:21 (five years ago) link

Yeah really like it, need to get a physical copy.
Do like the mix of influences.
Incidentally just noticed earlier this week that Terry Reid's River is in his Original Album series 5cd set. Think that lp would fit in with the Buckley, Martyn and Drake already mentioned. As would Van Morrison around Moondance/Veedon Fleece.

Stevolende, Thursday, 7 May 2015 18:27 (five years ago) link

overall, i'm really warming to this album. some of the arrangements are terrific, and i actually think that the spectrum of artists he is choosing to draw influence from is quite refreshing. in addition to the loose, windy Buckley-isms, i'm hearing Bert Jansch in the vocal delivery, which is appealing. and yeah, plenty of John Martyn, definitely.

charlie h, Friday, 8 May 2015 05:08 (five years ago) link

in fact, the first thing that the album title reminded me of -- before i'd heard a note of the music -- was Jansch's Rosemary Lane.

charlie h, Friday, 8 May 2015 05:19 (five years ago) link

also just realised that there's a p4k review for this album that completely misses the point.

charlie h, Friday, 8 May 2015 05:22 (five years ago) link

this record rules

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:49 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

:) this makes me happy i think i've always hoped either tyler or ryley could break out of the ilx brigade post fahey ghetto

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:01 (five years ago) link

Can't get out without a y in yr name

Florianne Fracke (La Lechera), Friday, 8 May 2015 14:11 (five years ago) link

stevey gunn too

tylerw, Friday, 8 May 2015 14:12 (five years ago) link

this record rules

― insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:49 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

:) this makes me happy i think i've always hoped either tyler or ryley could break out of the ilx brigade post fahey ghetto

― kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, May 8, 2015 3:01 PM (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

for a moment i thought you meant they were ilx'ers

F♯ A♯ (∞), Friday, 8 May 2015 19:04 (five years ago) link

No, probably just that they're not quite as unsung as they were. Not sure how well known they would be still. Do know that there is a Riley Walker track on the Paul Weller chosen tracklisting for the current Mojo cd Beyond Saturn.
I'm still not sure how well known anything would be. I don't frequent coffee shops or anything so not sure how likely they would be to be onplaylists for things like that if taht would actually be widespread in itself. Also don't listen to radio.

I still don't really know how recognised pretty much anything would be. Like is Jeff Buckley really widely known by the general public, not just people who actually seek out music. or how well known somebody like Nick Cave would be, or Paul Weller since its his mix on that cd I mentioned. I guess the Jam would be pretty well known but is that only by people of a certain age who still care about music and is that itself marginalised?

Anyway do like taht record.

Stevolende, Monday, 11 May 2015 12:34 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

THe first live set I've come across by him has just appeared on Dime
http://www.dimeadozen.org/torrents-details.php?id=529845

it's a bit quiet but is at least a live recording. Think it is at least listenable.

Stevolende, Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:42 (five years ago) link

Oh man you gotta head here: http://www.nyctaper.com/2015/03/ryley-walker-march-15-2015-babys-all-right-flacmp3alacstreaming-set/

grandavis, Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:46 (five years ago) link

Haven't listened to all of them, but NYCTaper almost always has high-quality recordings sound-wise.

grandavis, Thursday, 4 June 2015 15:47 (five years ago) link

yeah nyc taper has all the walker live stuff you need.

tylerw, Thursday, 4 June 2015 16:13 (five years ago) link

Cool, been wondering why there hasn't been more appearing on Dime etc

Stevolende, Thursday, 4 June 2015 16:59 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Here you go Stevolende, another new full-band set put up:

http://www.nyctaper.com/2015/06/ryley-walker-june-26-2015-le-poisson-rouge-flacalacmp3streaming/

Have at it.

grandavis, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:16 (five years ago) link

I saw him with this band at Solid Sound this weekend. It was an amazing, soulful set. I just wish it wasn't at noon. It was more of a late night set. The band is quite something.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:13 (five years ago) link

nyc taper set is pretty great!

tylerw, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:21 (five years ago) link

thanks for posting. LPR show was fantastic. perfect opener for jessica pratt

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 19:12 (five years ago) link

ten months pass...

http://ryleywalkerbootlegs.blogspot.com/
more live stuff from the man himself ...
new album coming sometime later this summer i think?

tylerw, Thursday, 12 May 2016 14:42 (four years ago) link

saw him two weeks ago and he had the best feedback coming out of his guitar

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 13 May 2016 10:30 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Looking forward to this.

http://cdn.folkradio.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Golden-Sings-That-Have-Been-Sung-min-1170x650.jpg

Duke, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 17:07 (four years ago) link

https://youtu.be/55I8CvHH1U4

Duke, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 17:08 (four years ago) link

has he been touring with the same band this year? heard that the primrose green players are busy with their own thing (health & beauty)

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:54 (four years ago) link

I've been in the 'definitely hugely talented but needs to get some stuff out of his system' camp for a while. Good to hear him try some different things on the new album, but while Bert Jansch's lawyers can stand down, big Jim O'Rourke's lawyers' might be taking notice...

Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:11 (four years ago) link

how is it possible to be original in the year 2016 tho

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:20 (four years ago) link

i get the o'rourke/gastr del sol comparisons w/ this one, but walker's vocals are almost the opposite of o'rourke's. his lyrics too.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 August 2016 16:22 (four years ago) link

Digging these new Ryley tracks. Not hearing enough O'Rourke biting to be bothered by it, and anyway I like Ryley's new tracks better than O'Rourke's last album hah hah.

grandavis, Thursday, 18 August 2016 20:56 (four years ago) link

loving this, it's a very autumn record to the last one's summer

ciderpress, Monday, 29 August 2016 11:46 (four years ago) link

Have to admit that this is really growing on me. Hearing the long versions of the songs on an NYCTaper set really gave a sense of space, space which now feels enfolded in the shorter versions,

Sunn O))) Brother Where Art Thou? (Chinaski), Monday, 29 August 2016 19:37 (four years ago) link

Listening to "Golden Sings" now and I'm not familiar with any of the artist he's been compared to (aside from Nick Drake). I really like this new album, how it combines the feel of the folk singer-songwriter with some different sounds like the zither. It starts with a bang with "The Halfwit In Me" and grabs me by the collar with "The Roundabout", but the ending "Age Old Tale" has this Fairport Convention-meets-American Music Club vibe that's a total winner.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:56 (four years ago) link

Glad to see he's in a much better place, I had no idea how dark of a place he had gotten too. Just goes to show you how insidious depressing and addition can be. You'd think opening for a guy like Richard Thompson would be a highlight for a guy like Ryley, but he was suffering so much.

There doesn't seem to be a lot of love for them on ilx, but his set with Garcia Peoples backing him up on the Rocks Off Concert Cruise was great.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:52 (one year ago) link

i really enjoyed the rumback lp xxp

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 18:16 (one year ago) link

great interview, sounds like he was really suffering glad he found his way out

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 20:30 (one year ago) link

Hadnt heard of this guy at all but checked out the rumback album on spotify today and i'm really digging, cool stuff

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 20:42 (one year ago) link

he's definitely had a cool trajectory this decade! very glad he is doing better mentally now ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:48 (one year ago) link

Of all his great projects lately, I'm surprised by how much I keep gong back to that Dave Matthews thing.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 21:52 (one year ago) link

he was good at first but soooooooooo Bert Jansch feels like he has more of a unique voice now, feels like he's in the Chicago rock tradition now

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:01 (one year ago) link

I'm in that weird interzone of being a bit of Walker sceptic while continually checking everything he does. It's like I'm waiting for him to *become* or whatever; he's clearly got all the talent. The Rumback album is sounding excellent.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 09:46 (one year ago) link

this tape sounds great http://www.nyctaper.com/2019/03/ryley-walker-steve-gunn-march-5-2019-union-pool/

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 12:07 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

This record he did with JR Bohannon and Ben Greenberg is pretty cool:

https://huskypantsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/for-michael-ripps

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 16:50 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

new album 'Course in Fable' coming out in April

stream a track here: https://ryleywalker.bandcamp.com/album/course-in-fable

Dinsdale, Sunday, 14 February 2021 10:25 (two weeks ago) link

Prolific eh? I quite like his collab with Kikagaku Moyo too. Mmm krauty.

cooldix, Sunday, 14 February 2021 11:39 (two weeks ago) link

it's great! just got the vinyl in the mail. it's on his label husky pants. beautiful record, lathe cut by Bob Weston of Shellac, sounds great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 February 2021 14:27 (two weeks ago) link

new one was produced by John McEntire of Tortoise, love Ryley shedding his folk affectations and embracing being a Chicago Rock Dude

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 February 2021 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not familiar with his solo stuff but I checked out his Kikagaku Moyo collab on a whim and it's just the kind of East-West psych jamming that I can listen to endlessly.

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 February 2021 16:18 (two weeks ago) link

New one is great — maybe his best? Very gastr del sol but with Ryley’s oddball personality all over it. Some really lush moments mixed in with pure weirdness. Band sounds amazing.

tylerw, Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

Ooo do you have a promo? I'm looking forward to him stepping up the prog on this one given how much he's been raving about Genesis for the past couple years

J. Sam, Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

I'm not familiar with his solo stuff but I checked out his Kikagaku Moyo collab on a whim and it's just the kind of East-West psych jamming that I can listen to endlessly.

― pomenitul, Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:18 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

he's really changed, i think there are things to recommend from every era, but yeah started out as extremely earnest Bert Jansch/Pentangle worship then gradually starts getting weirder and incorporating more mid 90s post rock type vibes and jazzy feels (john martyn influence maybe?)

did a cover of some unreleased (I think?) Dave Matthews Band record that actually turned out way better than it had any right to

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

Cool, I'm definitely going to start exploring his output. Seems like there's a lot going on here and most of it is to my liking (on paper, at least).

pomenitul, Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:46 (two weeks ago) link

he did a collaboration with Bill MacKay that I never heard, maybe tyler did

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:49 (two weeks ago) link

I think Deafman Glance is where he started really leaning into the Chicago post-rock vibe and is one of the best rock records of the last few years. It's so damn TASTY

J. Sam, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

i love all his stuff. rang dizzy is great, excited for new album

flopson, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

i love the album but if you put ‘primrose green’ on for someone who hadn’t heard him before there’s no way they would guess it was from the current century lol

flopson, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:36 (two weeks ago) link

the bill mackay collab is really great

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

I feel like it's worth noting that RW is a huge Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 fan, speaking of 90s post-rock influences

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

he did a collaboration with Bill MacKay that I never heard, maybe tyler did

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:49 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

He did twice actually! Of the two I'm more familiar with Land of Plenty and I return to it ALL the time.

Evan, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

love the dave matthews record. love the thinking fellers t shirt. love the leonard cohen trolling.

i only liked about half of "golden songs" but that aside dude has an impressive hit rate

adam, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

Ooo do you have a promo? I'm looking forward to him stepping up the prog on this one given how much he's been raving about Genesis for the past couple years

yeah there's definitely a genesis-y flavor at times ...

tylerw, Sunday, 14 February 2021 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

He's been a really interesting guy to follow for the last 6-7 years. The first time I saw him it felt like more a sum-of-influences, though super talented and energetic. But by 2nd time he was much more sounding like his own thing, and the 3rd time a couple years ago he was, as they say, really on his shit. I loved that album, Deafman Glance. Looking forward to the new one. And need to check out the Kikagaku Moyo too.

Hmmmm. I really struggled with Deafman Glance... maybe I should revisit.

I have one Mackey collab that I enjoy. He was great live. I'll definitely check out this new one.

Duke, Sunday, 14 February 2021 22:26 (two weeks ago) link

Looking forward to this one, he’s been in a roll for the past few years. I do like that he’s turning into a full-on Chicago post-rock dude only after moving to NYC.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 14 February 2021 23:22 (two weeks ago) link

Little Common Twist with Charles Rumback is fantastic

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

yeah thats the one i probably listen to the most

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 17 February 2021 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

I truly love Ryley's music and playing but I admit sometimes his singing style can really get on my nerves. Sorry, I should have said I truly lo-hove Ryley's musi-hic and playing but I admit someti-himes his singing style ca-han really get on my ner-herves.

Evan, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:41 (two weeks ago) link

OK Land of Plenty just happened to come up in shuffle just now and it's still so great and comforting.

Evan, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 19:07 (two weeks ago) link

His sty-hyle of singing grates with mee-hee as well sometimes.

Duke, Thursday, 18 February 2021 13:51 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I mean it just gets a little distracting for me if I think about it while I'm listening. Wish he did that specific thing a little less often. Only other thing that bothers and distracts me is my jealousy of people like him who can make their guitar do whatever they want effortlessly.

Evan, Thursday, 18 February 2021 15:49 (two weeks ago) link

i like his singing but if u don’t i guess the good thing is he has like 4 releases per year of instrumental jammin

flopson, Thursday, 18 February 2021 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

his singing is basically on par with bert jansch's singing for me, not a benefit or a detriment generally

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:44 (two weeks ago) link

he definitely has some ticks, but initially I liked his singing because it didn't fall into the standard indie rock modes.

tylerw, Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

For me it's literally just that one thing. Once I notice it it's all I hear!

Evan, Thursday, 18 February 2021 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

I love Jansch's vocals!

But I also get that they aren't traditionally what you'd consider great esp when contrasted with his playing

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

I don't dislike either Jansch or Walker's vox, they do the job just fine for me, I just wouldn't ever say wow these guys are great singers

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:09 (two weeks ago) link

Walter's singing can be annoying because of the si-hi-hinging style. I don't understand why we need to compare him to Jansch.

Duke, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:25 (two weeks ago) link

If anything Jansch can be oddly annoying because he breathes loudly through his nose while playing

Duke, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:26 (two weeks ago) link

Walter's singing can be annoying because of the si-hi-hinging style. I don't understand why we need to compare him to Jansch.

― Duke, Friday, 19 February 2021 00:25

I mean *Walker's* of course. Autocorrect

Duke, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:28 (two weeks ago) link

singing on ‘rang dizzy’ is lovely imho

flopson, Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:48 (two weeks ago) link

New one is great — maybe his best? Very gastr del sol

― tylerw, Sunday, 14 February 2021 17:26 (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

Apparently he's been playing with David Grubbs for a while now and they have a duo recording coming out soon

Ward Fowler, Friday, 19 February 2021 00:36 (one week ago) link

Little Common Twist with Charles Rumback is fantastic

trip maker, Friday, 19 February 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

The Kikagaku Moyo collab reminds me of La Novia, minus throatsinging. At least until it turns into Gottsching territory.

trip maker, Saturday, 20 February 2021 00:55 (one week ago) link


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