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Ryley Walker announces new album, shares “The Halfwit in Me” — listen

on May 31, 2016, 12:15pm

Photo by Tom Sheehan

Ryley Walker will release a new album titled Golden Sings That Have Been Sung this summer via Dead Oceans. The LP collects eight tracks and marks the follow-up to 2015’s well-received Primrose Green.

Golden Sings was written and recorded late last year in Chicago, following nearly 10 months of touring. The album is directly inspired by his return to the Windy Cindy, as well as some of his local heroes like Gastr del Sol and Tortoise.

Walker also enlisted the help of one of his most admired musicians, sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach, the first time he’d opened up his sessions to an outside producer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he gushed in a statement. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.”

A press release describes the forthcoming project as “Ryley Walker’s coming of age.” It was “made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet,” the statement adds, and “is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night.”

Ahead of the record’s August 19th release date, richly layered lead single “The Halfwit In Me” has been revealed. Hear it below.

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Artwork:

Ryley Walker - Golden Sings

Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Tracklist:
01. The Halfwit In Me
02. A Choir Apart
03. Funny Thing She Said
04. Sullen Mind
05. I Will Ask You Twice
06. The Roundabout
07. The Great And Undecided
08. Age Old Tale

In support of Golden Sings, Walker has mapped out an extensive world tour that kicks off next month and runs until early December.

Ryley Walker 2016 Tour Dates:
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park
06/08 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew Festival
06/11 – St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
06/12 – Liege, BE @ Reflektor
06/14 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal
06/15 – London, UK @ Oval Space
06/17 – Paris, FR @ Le Petit Bain
06/19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/20 – Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
06/22 – Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar
06/24 – Oslo, NO @ Piknik i Parken Festival
07/08-09 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/22 – San Sebastian, ES @ Heineken Jazzaldia
07/29 – Cornwall, UK @ Port Eliot Festival
08/02 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club
08/03 – Nottingham, UK @ Glee Club
08/04 – Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre
08/05 – Hastings, UK @ St. Mary’s in the Castle
08/06 – London, UK @ Caught by the River Thames
08/08 – Cardiff, UK @ The Globe
08/09 – Leamingdon Spa, UK @ Zephyr Lounge
08/10 – York, UK @ The Crescent
08/12 – Guildford, UK @ St. Mary’s
08/18 – Praia do Tabuao, PT @ Parades de Coura
08/19 – London, UK @ Rough Trade East
08/20 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
09/14 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
09/15 – Nashville, TN @ The East End
09/17-18 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm & Blues Reunion
09/21 – Sonoma, CA # Bundlach Bundschu Winery
09/26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
09/27 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
09/29 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
09/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/01 – Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter
10/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10/05 – Boise, ID @ Neurolox
10/08 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
10/09 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/11 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote Music Hall
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
10/14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
10/15 – Joshua Tree, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
10/17 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
10/24 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
10/25 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
10/26 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/28 – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
10/29 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
11/01 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
11/02 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
11/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Market Hotel
11/07 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
11/08 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
11/09 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
11/10 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
11/11 – Bruge, BE @ Cactus
11/12 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
11/13 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
11/14 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
11/17 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
11/20 – Barcelona, ES @ Sidecar
11/21 – Valencia, ES @ Loco Club
11/22 – Cadiz, ES @ Aulario de la Bomba
11/23 – Madrid, ES @ Siroco
11/26 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic
11/29 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Bourg
11/30 – Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
12/01 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk
12/02 – Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
12/05 – Stockholm, SE @ Bryggarsalen
12/06 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
12/07 – Hamburg, DE @ Nochtspeicher

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