Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung album review
Third album from acclaimed US jazz-folkie Ryley Walker.
Robert Plant and double-bass legend Danny Thompson are fans of this 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Rockford, Illinois, and it is easy to see why from his 2015 album of sun-dappled jazzy folk-pop, Primrose Green. There were some accusations that Walker was too in hock to his heroes, but the beauty of his music is that he creates a world, intricately realised from forensic scrutiny of his favourite early-70s albums, and immerses himself in it, making every element adapt to his vision. On this follow-up, produced by sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach, you can still hear Walker’s love of British jazz-folk, of Van Morrison, Drake and Martyn, but also of Tim Buckley circa Blue Afternoon, just as he flew into the free jazz ether with Starsailor.