XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “The West Wind” by Ryley Walker

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Photo by Marcus Obst
Photo by Marcus Obst

Ryley Walker is a 24 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. Close your eyes, and listen to this gorgeous song, and you’d think you’re listening to an old soul in the tradition of Tim Buckley, Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, or contemporaries like Alexi Murdoch. Walker released his debut three-song EP The West Wind on Tompkins Square Records this year; his debut his debut album will be out in April, 2014. Listen to the title track from Walker’s EP, this week’s Gotta Hear Song, and watch its music video below; order the EP digitally via iTunes here and on vinyl via Tompkins Square here.