• Primrose Green

Over the past few years we’ve watched Ryley Walker blossom from a little kid shredding bizzaro free jazz noise-rock in warehouses into a skilled and sensitive fingerstyle-folk prodigy, and this week his upcoming second LP was announced. It’s coming at the end of March via Dead Oceans Records, and today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Primrose Green,” a preview of that LP of the same name. Walker has been crafting beautifully intricate and rich folk for a while now, but this time around he’s better than ever: the song oozes with soul and unbelievable melodies, and the band of top-notch players backing him up—this lineup includes virtuoso drummer Frank Rosaly and bassist Anton Hatwich—are beyond smooth and in-the-pocket. Check out the gorgeous song below, along with its music video, which features Walker roaming around a lush prairie with a sheep—a far cry from the last video he was in, which showcased his ability to rapidly shotgun cans of cheap beer and smoke cigarettes through his nose.

All month long, Walker and guitarist Bill MacKay have a residencey at the Whistler, where they’ll play at 6 PM every Friday.