Over the past few years we've watched Ryley Walker
blossom from a little kid shredding bizzaro free jazz noise-rock in warehouses into a skilled and sensitive fingerstyle-folk prodigy, and this week his upcoming second LP was announced. It's coming at the end of March via Dead Oceans Records, and today's 12 O'Clock Track
is "Primrose Green," a preview of that LP of the same name. Walker has been crafting beautifully intricate and rich folk for a while now, but this time around he's better than ever: the song oozes with soul and unbelievable melodies, and the band of top-notch players backing him up—this lineup includes virtuoso drummer Frank Rosaly and bassist Anton Hatwich—are beyond smooth and in-the-pocket. Check out the gorgeous song below, along with its music video, which features Walker roaming around a lush prairie with a sheep—a far cry from the last video he was in
, which showcased his ability to rapidly shotgun cans of cheap beer and smoke cigarettes through his nose.
All month long, Walker and guitarist Bill MacKay have a residencey at the Whistler, where they'll play at 6 PM every Friday.