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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Vile’s hazy, introspective folk-rock somehow sounds more effortless with each album. Stripping back some of the layers and length of 2013’s gorgeously textured Wakin On a Pretty Daze, B'lieve I'm Goin Down... chronicles the low-key but disarmingly funny inner monologue of a seemingly ordinary dude—half Neil Young and half Winnie the Pooh. It starts with a long look in the bathroom mirror (“Pretty Pimpin”) and eventually makes it to the front door (“That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)”), with some extraordinary insights along the way.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Vile’s hazy, introspective folk-rock somehow sounds more effortless with each album. Stripping back some of the layers and length of 2013’s gorgeously textured Wakin On a Pretty Daze, B'lieve I'm Goin Down... chronicles the low-key but disarmingly funny inner monologue of a seemingly ordinary dude—half Neil Young and half Winnie the Pooh. It starts with a long look in the bathroom mirror (“Pretty Pimpin”) and eventually makes it to the front door (“That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)”), with some extraordinary insights along the way.

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4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings
74 Ratings
pettyfeversk

Another Great Kurt Vile Song

Waiting on a Pretty Daze is a terrific album (so was Smoke Ring) but if this song is any indication, we are in for a treat. Very catchy and easy to listen to. Kurt’s guitar playing is unique and his songs have a way of transporting the listener to another place. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the album and seeing Kurt on tour in Boston in October.

Rado01

A new dynamic approach

Kurt's new album was an immediate buy, I enjoy the ballad sounding piano and the drumming on this one. Vile's lyrics are personal, visual, and take me for a ride in my mind.

Bozy202

Awesome

Love the vib. Keep it up Kurt perfect autumn music

About Kurt Vile

Singer-songwriter Kurt Vile presents himself as the kind of guy who could take it or leave it. It’s not that he doesn’t try (his albums constitute some of the most exquisitely composed indie rock of the 2010s), but that his work sounds so off-the-cuff, so casual that you wonder if it all just occurred to him—what the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector described (in another context) as “simplicity with enormous effort.” Born in 1980 and raised with nine siblings in the Philadelphia suburb of Landsdowne, Vile (his real name) briefly drove a forklift before cofounding The War on Drugs with friend Adam Granduciel, leaving the band in 2008 to work on his own music. Influenced by the slanted Americana of labels like Drag City, he released a couple of home-recorded albums before making the jump to indie institution Matador in 2009, honing a quietly majestic sound that mixed classic-rock extroversion with Zen-like inner monologue, collapsing the distance between the plain (“To be frank, I’m fried”) and the profound. It’s a quality that—like the work of collaborator Courtney Barnett, with whom Vile made 2017’s joint album Lotta Sea Lice—can make Vile’s writing feel almost uncanny, rendering the everyday as something you haven’t quite seen before. In other words, he’s an artist who can write a song about looking in the mirror (2015’s “Pretty Pimpin”) and make the person in it seem a million miles away.

HOMETOWN
Lansdowne, PA
BORN
January 3, 1980

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