Nick Drake; Tim Buckley; Steve Gunn; Bert Jansch; Damien Jurado at a Dead show; English garden-folk on a wee hit of acid.
Why You Should Care:
Painting in bold strokes of jazz-tinged psychedelia and lo-fi folk, the music of Chicago’s Ryley Walker isn’t so much a throwback as it is an extension of a scene that, depending on what side of the bong you’re on, either felt eternally out of place and time, or made perfect sense alongside your incense, peppermint and wall-to-wall tapestries.
On his upcoming album Primose Green, the twenty four year old guitar wiz bounces back and forth from subtle and often sublime moments you’d expect to find in the middle of space in Europe ‘72, to sock-on-the-door sensitive, yet edgy Drake-ian jams that have turned dorm room zeroes into heroes since before the 8-track reigned supreme.
The track “Sweet Satisfaction” finds Walker in no small part channeling a Greetings From L.A. era Tim Buckley and throwing in some good-ol-guitar-freakout for good measure. While the vibe might not be as, ahem, direct, as a track like “Get On Top”, it’s certainly headed in the same direction as that classic…and by direction, I mean crotch.
You can catch Ryley Walker playing this track and more when he opens for Kevin Morby at DC9 THIS FRIDAY. Get your tickets here.
Primose Green is out 3/31 on Dead Oceans. That should give you ample time to warm up those lava lamps.