Ryley Walker has taken the proclamation that he is the “reincarnation of the true American guitar player” very seriously. His magnetic and nimble fingerstyle approach to guitar (Walker’s bio says he lacquered his fingers in cheap salons to achieve his distinctive sound) and improvisational and compositional abilities are impressive on their own. But on Walker’s latest album, Primrose Green, his vocals get equal billing, showcasing his’60s British Folk influences more vividly, with Van Morrison and Nick Drake echoing gently in the reverb and a band loaded with Chicago Jazz and Post Rock all-stars filling out the sound beautifully. The smooth melodies blended seamlessly with the eclectic instrumental style (which is infused with a Jazz-like mentality and sometimes wanders down a fascinatingly experimental route) should make Walker’s set a singular MPMF treat.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and John Martyn moonlighting as a progressive Jazz quartet. (LS)