On average perhaps ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ is a seemingly short album however it is undoubtedly an extremely moving, beautiful experience. Chicago Guitarist, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker takes the audience on a journey through nature, life and emotions with ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ being released during his hectic year of touring. Walker has managed to encapsulate the experience of an entrancing display of live music in under an hours’ worth of recorded music.
There is a sense of escapism from the very beginning of the album, ‘The Halfwit In Me’ opens Walker’s album perfectly, introducing a feeling of forever surrounding nature. His instrumental talents are demonstrated in his seemingly effortless, stunning guitar work and there is soul to the song that can’t be ignored as well as a mesmerising energy within every created melody; and this can be said for the duration of the album.
‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ seems like less of an album and more of a journey, an adventure being travelled with each song leading you further into this escapist, atmospheric environment that Walker creates with each song, managing to maintain a calming sensitivity and exude energy. There is no doubt that although remaining consistent throughout the album every song is refreshing, showcasing the versatility of Walker’s talents. The likes of ‘A Choir Part’ and ‘Funny Thing She Said’ exhibit the effortlessly beautiful melodies Walker is able to create with his voice, the instruments and these melodies working harmoniously to create a sound that feels like the pleasantness of warm days. His lyricism really is focussed upon in these songs, allowing for his talents to be further experienced. It is clear that this is an album of raw emotion and hard work.
It is an uplifting approach to a classic style of folk music, the finger picking of the guitar works effectively as an extension of his vocal chords, with every element being thought about and carried out flawlessly, it is as if you’re experiencing a personal narrative, with this you’re somewhat forced to acknowledge the beauty of the passing of time whilst holding your attention to every passing song.
This is without doubt an album that proves what Walker is capable of, how he is able to manipulate words and sounds perfectly in order to create an engaging experience. ‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ will be remembered and enjoyed for years to come, and is an incredible experience whether a fan of folk or not.
The magnificence of this album has evoked an excitement for what is to come next for Ryley Walker, a beautiful worker of words and sounds, a truly unique artist.
‘Golden Sings That Have Been Sung’ is out on the 19th August 2016 via Dead Oceans
This Ryley Walker article was written by Di’mond Sharma-Joseph, a GIGsoup contributor