Ryley Walker has announced his new album, which is titled Deafman Glance and will be out May 18 via Dead Oceans. While known as an adept improviser, Ryley took another approach for this record:

I think more than anything the thing to take away from this record is that I appreciate what improv and jamming and that outlook on music has done for me, but I wanted rigid structure for these songs. I don’t want to expand upon them live. There’s a looseness to some of the songs I guess, but I didn’t want to rely on just hanging out on one note.

I was under a lot of stress because I was trying to make an anti-folk record and I was having trouble doing it. I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding. I didn’t want to be jammy acoustic guy anymore. I just wanted to make something weird and far-out that came from the heart finally. I was always trying to make something like this I guess, trying to catch up with my imagination. And I think I succeeded in that way — it’s got some weird instrumentation on there, and some surreal far-out words. And it’s more Chicago-y sounding. Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears.

You can listen to the jazzy, flute-laden first single "Telluride Speed" below.

Ryley will be on tour this year, including a March residency at Chicago's Cafe Mustache, Mexican Summer's Marfa Myths festival, and a spring tour with Calexico. The dates with Calexico include NYC stops at April 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets) and April 29 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). All tour dates are listed below.


Ryley Walker - Deafman Glance tracklist:
1. In Castle Dome
2. 22 Days
3. Accommodations
4. Can’t Ask Why
5. Opposite Middle
6. Telluride Speed
7. Expired
8. Rocks On Rainbow
9. Spoil With The Rest

Ryley Walker - 2018 Tour Dates:
Wed. Mar. 7 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
Tue. Mar. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
Wed. Mar. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
Thu. March 29 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache
Tue. Apr. 10 - Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
Wed. Apr. 11 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Thu. Apr. 12 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Fri. Apr. 13 - Marfa, TX @ Ballroom Marfa / Marfa Myths Fest
Sun. Apr. 15 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Mon. Apr. 16 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Tue. Apr. 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Thu. Apr. 19 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls *
Sat. Apr. 21 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *
Sun. Apr. 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill *
Mon. Apr. 23 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Line Music Café *
Wed. Apr. 25 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *
Thu. Apr. 26 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater *
Fri. Apr. 27 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater *
Sat. Apr. 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Sun. Apr. 29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Mon. Apr. 30 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony
Tue. May 1 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. May 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live *
Thu. May 3 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
Fri. May 4 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Sat. May 5 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Sun. May 6 - Savannah, GA @ El-Rocko Lounge
Mon. May 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
Mon. May 8 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *

* w/Calexico

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