With a delicate rhythmic latticework and vocals that ask you to lean in, “Busted Stu ” recalls Jim O’ Rourke’s golden Drag City days. Emerging from a wall of distortion, “Diggin’ a Ditch” becomes a power trio wallop à la Dinosaur Jr, shaking o existential malaise like twenty- something pals writing rock songs in the garage. Walker’s “Grace is Gone,” the most faithful take here, is a testament to his un agging love for the music that helped make him a musician.
This end-to-end interpretation of youthful fascination is a collective reminder that we are all just kids from somewhere, reckoning with our upbringing the best we can. Walker has stepped through the door long ago opened by the Dave Matthews Band to nd a world teeming with musical possibilities. On The Lillywhite Sessions, he has, in turn, created his own.