Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the True American Guitar Player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or as to the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop.
Primrose Green begins near where All Kinds of You, his last record, leaves off but quickly pushes far afield. The title sounds pastoral and quaint, but the titular green has dark hallucinogenic qualities, as does much of the LP. The band is a mixture of new and old Chicago talent, blending both jaded veterans of the post-rock and jazz mini-circuits together with a few eager, open-eared youths.
No one knows what the future holds for young Ryley Walker. Hardship and setbacks and dilapidated housing uncertainty only seem to spur him on creatively. Here, with this record, we risk limiting his access to personal disaster by flirting with success. A short lifetime of interminable practice and discipline have resulted in a masterpiece of an album, an album of a sort we haven’t seen since the 1970s.
“Acoustic swagger exists, and Ryley Walker has it” – NPR Music
“A brackish and magical seven-inch that sits somewhere between Tim Buckley’s soaring reveries and Bert Jansch circa ‘LA Turnaround”– John Mulvey, Uncut
RYLEY WALKER PLAYS THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON FRIDAY 28TH AUGUST 2015. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.
Watch the video for ‘Sweet Satisfaction’ below:
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