Ryley Walker’s voice invokes magnificent ghosts. A few strummed chords, barely started by a couplet, with thick, misty air covering long admired artists. Ryley knows how to cultivate the presence of Van Morrisson, the delicacy of Bert Jansch’s guitar games, and how to soar into foolishness only as Tim Buckley can.
Just before My Brightest Diamond begins a joyful and unrestrained show, he summoned his old influences and, alone on his high stool, brought back his air, intonations and arpeggios who only ask that we prove they have kept their youth and modernity. These ghosts could not have imagined a better ambassador.
The second alum by Ryley Walker, Primrose Green, has been released by Dead Oceans.
Translated by Dylan Hofstetter