Illinoisan Ryley Walker’s latest offering is a six minute onion of a track. Layer upon layer of sonic, harmonic, polyphonic mastery meld to form the perfect whole.
Staccato guitars both electric and acoustic pick their way through complementary catchy riffs whilst barely-there drums pepper the melodious jazz-scape. Understated piano chords underpin, highlighting the propensity to complex and masterful composition akin to not only the overstated folk but the understated jazz and blues elements that really shine here. It is these elements that take The Halfwit In Me beyond mere aspirations to the dizzying heights of genius.
What the 26-year-old has achieved with this leading single from his forthcoming third album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is an accessible, psych-tinged recording that feels not dissimilar to sun soaking into skin whilst sipping on an Aperol spritz on the Italian Riviera. Or, you know, something to that effect…
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is out August 19th.