Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker

The preceding years have been extraordinary for Ryley Walker. In March, his second album, Primrose Green, emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo - in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker's life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan - as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a British tour. A sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. On the album, "The Roundabout" represents a symbolic return to Chicago, while other songs are directly wedded to Ryley's actual return there. Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track "The Halfwit In Me" most audibly bear the imprint of Ryley's improvisational sessions with Wilco multi-instrumentalist, Chicagoan and producer Leroy Bach, while "Funny Thing She Said" is an unflinching study of separation set to a shimmeringly supple ensemble performance. Soft, slo-mo explosions of melody intermittently burst through the distant thunder of the verses on "A Choir Apart". Intriguing, surreal images are meted out by "I Will Ask You Twice", like a malfunctioning slide projector; and, perhaps best of all, the stunning finale, "Age Old Tale", which spiders out from an Alice Coltrane-inspired reverie into a sustained rapture that very few artists have managed to achieve.

Fraternal Twin

Last year, Tom Christie released his debut album as Fraternal Twin, Skin Gets Hot. For its follow-up, Homeworlding, the project has solidified around a lineup that includes David Grimaldi and Max Restaino, and together they help bring Christie’s sliding, insular compositions to life. The album, which also features contributions from Long Beard’s Leslie Bear and Porches’ Aaron Maine, builds on the band’s debut by smoothing everything out: Homeworlding is placid and peaceful, evoking a feeling of warmth and comfort as though it’s trying to find some sense of calm against upheaval.

Hiding Behind Sound

Hiding Behind Sound is the psychologically accurate songwriting and recording alias of Sammi Niss, the well-known Hudson Valley drummer and founding member of the bands Battle Ave. and Frankie and His Fingers who has toured and recorded with Laura Stevenson, Matt Pond PA, and many others. Co-produced with Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Widowspeak), Hiding Behind Sound’s full length debut 'Words Escape' is an astonishingly mature, original, and epic studio work played almost entirely by Sammi.

The hurt cool of the songwriting and the unvarnished vocals suggest the influence of Jeff Tweedy and the Velvet Underground; the lavish guitar arrangements and tidal dynamics belong more to the tradition of Radiohead and post-rock. She just calls it “space twang.” 'Words Escape' will be released June 8th on SubFamily Records.

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