Ryley Walker

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

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Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plantdeclared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.

In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support ofPrimrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown.

He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parkerwas the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.

Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space calledWhistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”

For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.

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Tour

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    Oct 11, 2016
    Felton, CA
    Don Quiotxe Music Hall w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 12, 2016
    San Francisco, CA
    The Chapel w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 13, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Echo w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 14, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    Soda Bar w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 15, 2016
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Desert Daze Festival

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    Oct 16, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ
    Valley Bar w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 17, 2016
    Santa Fe, NM
    Meow Wolf w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 19, 2016
    Denton, TX
    Dan's Silverleaf w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 20, 2016
    Austin, TX
    The Mohawk w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 22, 2016
    Tallahasee, FL
    The Wolf Den w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 24, 2016
    Athens, GA
    Calendonia Lounge w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 25, 2016
    Asheville, NC
    The Mothlight w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 26, 2016
    Washington, DC
    DC9 w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 27, 2016
    Philadelphia, PA
    Boot & Saddle w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 28, 2016
    Hudson, NY
    The Half Moon w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 29, 2016
    Northampton, MA
    Iron Horse Music Hall w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Oct 30, 2016
    Providence, RI
    Columbus Theatre w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Nov 01, 2016
    Boston, MA
    Cafe 939 w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Nov 02, 2016
    New Haven, CT
    BAR w/ Circuit Des Yeux

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    Nov 03, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
    The Market Hotel w/ Circuit Des Yeux