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Ryley Walker shares new single “Opposite Middle”: Stream

Taken from his upcoming album, Deafman Glance, out on May 18th

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Ryley Walker, photo by Evan Jenkins
Ryley Walker, photo by Evan Jenkins

    Chicago singer-songwriter Ryley Walker is set to release his new album, Deafman Glance, on May 18th through Dead Oceans. After sharing the lead single, “Telluride Speed” back in February, he has followed up with a new track entitled “Opposite Middle”.

    “‘Opposite Middle’ was the last tune written for the record,” says Walker. “At first it was slow. Like crawling pace. What a bummer that would have been, yeah? Somehow it worked itself out to become the only bonafide fast jammer on the record. I was thinking a lot about making my brain work better and the guitar playing of David Grubbs and Steve Hackett. I can’t play as well as either of them but I was thinking about it.”

    Although there’s a looseness to the composition of “Opposite Middle”, the track still has a sense a focus centered around Walker’s soft-spoken vocals and psychedelic guitar licks. Hear it below.

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    Deafman Glance marks the follow-up to Walker’s 2016 full-length, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Pre-order it here. Check out the artwork and tracklist below.

    Deafman Glance Artwork:

    Deafman Glance Tracklist:
    01. In Castle Dome
    02. 22 Days
    03. Accommodations
    04. Can’t Ask Why
    05. Opposite Middle
    06. Telluride Speed
    07. Expired
    08. Rocks on Rainbow
    09. Spoil with the Rest

    In anticipation of the release, Walker will embark on a US tour with Calexico during April and May, culminating in a pair of hometown record release shows. After appearing at scattered European festival dates in July, he will return for another U.S. run this fall. In November, Walker will kick off a proper European trek. Check out the complete itinerary below.

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    Ryley Walker 2018 Tour Dates:
    04/10 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
    04/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
    04/13 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths
    04/15 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
    04/16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    04/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
    04/19 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
    04/21 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *
    04/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill *
    04/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
    04/25 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
    04/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater *
    04/27 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
    04/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
    04/29 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom *
    04/30 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony *
    05/01 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
    05/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
    05/03 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
    05/04 – Ashville, NC @ The Mothlight
    05/05 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
    05/06 – Columbia, SC @ IF Art Gallery
    05/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
    05/08 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
    05/18 – Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain #
    05/19 – Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain #
    07/15 – Bruges, BE @ Cactus Festival
    07/18 – Helsinki, FI @ G Livelab
    07/19-22 – Salisbury, UK @ Larmer Tree Festival
    07/22 – Leeuwarden, NL @ Welcome To the Village
    07/24 – Munich, DE @ Milla
    07/26 – Ravenna, IT @ Hana-bi
    09/12 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café
    09/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
    09/14 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
    09/15 – Dallas, TX @ The Foundry
    09/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    09/21 – San Francisco @ The Chapel
    09/22 – Big Sur, CA @ Freaks of The Festival
    09/24 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
    09/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall
    09/26 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
    09/27 – Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Gardens – Great Escape Series
    09/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
    09/29 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
    09/30 – Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
    10/02 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
    10/03 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag
    10/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
    10/05 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    10/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Backroom @ Colectivo
    11/06 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club
    11/07 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas
    11/08 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
    11/09-10 – Wangels, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
    11/13 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    11/14 – Köln, DE @ Artheater
    11/15 – Bern, CH @ ISC Club
    11/16 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
    11/16-17 – Rust, DE @ Rolling Stone Park
    11/19 – Barcelona, ES @ Sidecar
    11/20 – Madrid, ES @ El Intruso
    11/21 – Sevilla, ES @ Sala X
    11/22 – Lisbon, PT @ ZDB
    11/24 – San Sebastian, ES @ Badabada
    11/27 – London, UK @ Scala
    11/28 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
    11/29 – Manchester, UK @ Band On The Wall
    11/30 – Brighton, UK @ The Old Market
    12/01 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
    12/02 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

    * = w/ Calexico
    # = Record Release Show

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