Ry­ley Walker

Prim­rose Green

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Dead Oceans JOE BREEN

What is a 25-year-old Chicago-based acous­tic gui­tarist do­ing pick­ing up the scent of the 1970s Bri­tish folk-jazz move­ment? Well, Walker likes “that old mu­sic a lot, but what I like the most is how far out those guys were” – even his lan­guage echoes the time. They in­clude two ace Scot­tish gui­tarists now de­parted, John Mar­tyn and Bert Jan­sch, a key fig­ure in the band Pen­tan­gle. Th­ese two ma­jor in­flu­ences dom­i­nate this dis­tinc­tive sec­ond al­bum. Walker says they were “in­ven­tive with folk, that’s what I’m into”. The mu­sic can be abra­sive or be­guil­ingly se­ri­ous but there is no deny­ing its en­ergy or am­bi­tion. And when it works as on the lu­mi­nous On The Banks Of The Old Kish­wau­kee it is a fine fit.

The mu­sic can be abra­sive or be­guil­ingly aeri­ous but there is no deny­ing its en­ergy or am­bi­tion

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