Clear the Sky
Label: Tompkins Square
Though singer and guitarist Ryley Walker emerged from Chicago's experimental underground, his debut is a startlingly mature fusion of English-flavored folk and chamber music. More than a few critics liken him to Nick Drake. However, because his ensemble exudes a jazzy swing on several tunes (among them "The West Wind" and "Clear the Sky"), John Martyn and Pentangle are far more appropriate comparisons. Regardless, All Kinds of You demands your full attention, not only for Walker's ghostly songwriting, but also for his sublime musicianship.