In November 2015, at the end of a ten month period which saw him play over 200 shows, Ryley Walker decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. The preceding months had been extraordinary. In March, his second album Primrose Green, emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of Uncut, Q, Mojo and The Guardian – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life.
Indeed, anyone who caught his performances throughout the course of the last two years, will attest to Ryley’s apparently effortless facility to conjure a breath-taking spectacle from a standing start. Word of mouth and critical acclaim ensured sell-out audiences at his British shows, whilst a sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.
After two sold-out London shows followed by a breathtaking performance at Islington Assembly Hall Ryley Walker returns in May to play Village Underground, for what is set to be a very special evening indeed.
Praise for Golden Sings That Have Been Sung:
“This profound, funny, intricate album will end up being seen as his masterpiece.” 9/10 Album of the Month – Uncut Magazine
“Walker push himself even further – again in his own refined and approachable manner – by channeling the transcendental jazz of Alice Coltrane. Golden is the right word.” 10/10 – Record Collector Magazine
“What’s really great about Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is that for all its unquestionable merits, there’s a suggestion that Ryley Walker is only just getting started.” 9/10 – The Line Of Best Fit
Health&Beauty is the name under which Brian J Sulpizio has released music since 2003. The current lineup of the group has been playing together since 2012, featuring pianist Ben Boye (a constant collaborator since 2009, who also plays with Will Oldham, Angel Olsen and many others) and drummer Frank Rosaly (a regular collaborator with Peter Brotzmann and many other jazz and experimental music greats). This version of the group along with bassist Anton Hatwich, made up the band on Ryley Walker’s ‘Primrose Green’.
‘NO SCARE’, their Wichita debut, is the most euphoric listening experience presented yet in the band’s catalogue, where darkness and light can’t help but complement each other in the short comedy of the human experience.
John Butcher & Ståle Liavik Solberg
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