ALBUM REVIEW: Ryley Walker – Course in Fable | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.04.21







Another fine round of effortlessly enjoyable proggy delight from Chicago-hailing polymath Ryley Walker, Course In Fable is a rich and intricate record which finds Walker once again striking a perfect balance between melodic delight and introspective complexity that builds on the brilliance of 2018’s Deafman Glance.

With renowned post-rock maverick John McEntire (of Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol and The Sea And Cake infamy) at the boards, the LP is gloriously unpredictable and refreshing, with Walker always taking caution to ensure his virtuosic command of the six-stringer never gets in the way of his quality songwriting, with the likes of Rang Dizzy favouring a more personal, direct lyrical approach. In short, it’s his magnum opus and a glorious head-trip.



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