Archive for the 'Ryley Walker' Category

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The stellar Chicago duo of Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay return next month with SpiderBeetleBee, a collection of fluid acoustic freedom flights, floating from Britfolk excursions to hazy rambles into unclassifiable zones. Walker and MacKay have an easy, loose-limbed rapport throughout — no one’s leading and no one’s following; it’s more like they’re discovering these […]

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

On last year’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Chicago-based singer and guitarist Ryley Walker came into his own. It wasn’t his first great record, but it was his most realized, a work that added shades of jazz, psychedelia, and experimental rock to his soulful folk sound. Writing about the record, AD’s Chad DePasquale noted: […]

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, his third record in as many years, finds the singer/songwriter/guitarist fully coming into his own. On two previous two long players, comparisons to artists like John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley, and Nick Drake dominated conversations about Walker, but his latest finds him exploring English jazz folk […]

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

There’s an enjoyably perplexing quality to Chicago trio Heath&Beauty’s new album, No Scare. Opening with “Back to the Place” — its title indicative of the sidewise humor which marks the songs of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Brian J. Sulpizio — the record begins haltingly with distorted falsetto and light strums, before tangled guitar lines and a stuttering drum […]

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

We’ll save you the usual litany / free association of artists Ryley Walker deftly channels and allow you to just…listen. You’re welcome. Produced by fellow Chicagoan LeRoy Bach, Walker’s third lp Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is out August 19th via the Dead Oceans label. Ryley Walker :: The Halfwit In Me Related: The […]

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. The Lagniappe Sessions return in 2016 with Ryley Walker, whose sophomore lp, Primrose Green, was one of our favorites records of 2015. Here, Walker reimagines and reworks four disparate tracks, ranging from […]

Monday, September 14th, 2015

With John Renbourn passing into the great unknown this year to join his six-string brother in arms Bert Jansch, it’s a good time to be reminded of the wonderful sounds two acoustic guitarists in joyous communion can make. These two recent LPs are more than worthy additions to the tradition. Bert and John would be […]