|Tyler Ramsey — The Valley Wind (2011)|
Tyler Ramsey — The Valley Wind
Born: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Genre: Acoustic / Electro / Electroacoustic
Location: ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, US
Record Label: Echo Mountain Records / Fat Possum
¶ “Heartwarming, delicate and comforting, Tyler Ramsey’s music showcases a thoughtful approach to instrumentalism and lyricism.” — NPR
Record Label: Fat Possum (http://www.fatpossum.com)
Release date: September 27th, 2011
01.) Raven Shadow 0:54
02.) The Valley Wind 4:42
03.) 1000 Black Birds 3:49
04.) The Nightbird 4:22
05.) Stay Gone 4:25
06.) Time Is A Changing Line 3:49
07.) Angel Band 4:21
08.) When It’s Done 4:22
09.) All Night 4:32
¶ Tyler Ramsey joined Band of Horses in 2007, climbing aboard just before the band hit the road in support of Cease to Begin. He quickly became Ben Bridwell‘s right~hand man, initially serving as a stand~in for co~founder Mat Brooke (who’d left the lineup to form his own band, Grand Archives) before graduating to a bigger role on Infinite Arms, where he co~wrote four tracks and shared lead vocals on “Evening Kitchen.” ¶ With The Valley Wind, he makes a temporary return to the solo career that sustained him before Band of Horses came calling. With its pastoral arrangements and acoustic fingerpicking, the album bears a strong resemblance to Neil Young. At the same time, it illuminates the degree of influence Ramsey wields over Band of Horses’ sound, since these songs essentially sound like sparse, stripped~down versions of Infinite Arms’ slower tracks. Both albums straddle the line between Americana and country-rock, and Valley Wind’s vocal harmonies often sound as though they’re being bubbled up from the depths of a mountain valley, thanks to the way producer Bill Reynolds (another Band of Horses heavyweight) shrouds songs like “1000 Black Birds” and “Angel Band” in heavy reverb. Those looking to be swept away by anthemic songwriting will walk away empty~handed, since The Valley Wind rarely rises above a casual breeze. Still, this is the best solo record by an indie rock guitarist since Carl Broemel’s All Birds Say, proof that Ramsey’s career has more than enough horsepower on its own.
¶ The Valley Wind is a crystalline yet warm album, nine finely spun songs filled with Ramsey’s rich, plaintive vocals and expressive, intricate guitar playing. Opener “Raven Shadow” is a brief instrumental introduction that highlights his stirring guitar lines, and is followed by the evocative and cinematic title track. Elsewhere, the album ranges from the lush yet simple, finger~picked guitar of “1000 Blackbirds” to the rolling, fuller band sound of “Stay Gone”; from the hypnotic, contemplative “Time Is A Changing Line” to the insistent, chiming “When It’s Done”; and from the slowly waltzing “Angel Band” to the moody “All Night.”
¶ Also known as guitarist in Band Of Horses, Ramsey wrote The Valley Wind while on and off the road over the past year, and recorded the album at Alex The Great studio in Nashville, TN over six days in early January. Friend and bandmate Bill Reynolds (who’s worked with The Avett Brothers and Lissie) produced and aided on bass, while friend Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) sat in on drums and guitar, also singing background vocals. Ramsey’s sophomore album A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea — which was praised by NPR, Stereogum, and Popmatters, among others – was re~released by Fat Possum in January.
¶ Stereogum: http://stereogum.com/824492/tyler-ramsey-the-valley-wind-the-nightbird/mp3s/
© This shot of Tyler Ramsey came from a photo shoot on a rather brisk February day in 2007. So cold in fact that just out of frame of the shot the lake was frozen over. / Author: Josh Rhinehart
© Tyler Ramsey of Band of Horses at the Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, June 20, 2010 / Author: Jason Persse
|Tyler Ramsey — The Valley Wind (2011)|
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