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Co-produced by alt-rock architect John Agnello, Kurt Vile's fourth album finds him gradually emerging from the lo-fi murk of previous releases. He also cuts way back on the snarling punk guitars, turning instead to acoustic fingerpicking swathed in reverb (and backed by his trusty band of Violators). But it's a simple transition, because he's such a phenomenal songwriter, capable of penning exquisitely moody folk-rock numbers, like "Baby's Arms" and "Peeping Tomboy." His lazy drawl, meanwhile, is the glue that holds it all together.

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Calm & Collected

"You were a Tomboy, and I was a peeping Tom."
What a clean, pure sound. I have the digi and the vinyl of this and I suggest you accomplish the same. This is the one you want hidden in your records even though you know where it is. You: "You wanna hear some music?" The person you brought home from the bar: "Sure!" (You dig through the crate acting confused like you have no idea what you're gonna play) You: "Have you heard the new Kurt Vile?" THEM: "No, who's that?" (YES!) THEM 15 minutes later: "This is really really good". Then you make out. Cant fight science. It's that good. I stopped bumping that new Big K.R.I.T. mix tape today and rode around bumping this.

Cut it out

Have mercy!

"Vile" is Not

I don't dig a lot of contemporary "indie" music or "indie folk," whatever you'd like to call this (at least that's how I'd classifiy it as, admittedly, one of the uninititiated), but Kurt Vile has a way with melody and knows his way around a tune.


Born: January 3, 1980 in Lansdowne, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia songwriter Kurt Vile was already recording himself at home by age 14, shortly after his bluegrass-loving father purchased him a banjo to encourage his youthful creativity. By age 17, Vile was self-releasing cassettes of his home recordings, which in the earliest days were strongly influenced by the raw slacker pop of the Drag City roster. He would continue to record prolifically, releasing cassettes and CD-Rs of his solo material while holding down a day job as a forklift operator. ...
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