Earlier this month, Ryley Walker shared “The Roundabout”, a flowing Americana jam inspired by a Wisconsin bar he had frequented with his family.
Produced by Wilco’s LeRoy Bach, the beautifully arranged track is dripping with appreciation for the fleeting moments of comfort one can only find in a hometown bar. Now, the song’s aura of simplicity has found a visual companion in an accompanying video directed by Joe Martinez Jr. The visuals find Walker wandering Chicago’s streets during this most recent Independence Day. Scenes of backyard hangs and shotgunned beers transition into a celebrations of Chicago’s nighttime revelry, where DIY fireworks shows happening in the streets. “Dozens of crews with ad hoc explosives and a beer in hand make for a blitzkrieg celebration.” Walker says of the video. “I lived at 21st / Leavitt some years back and got to know this evening first hand very well. Forever my favorite part of summer in the city. This video hopefully captures a few of those moments of joy from the people involved.”