Kurt Vile

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Artist Description: Kurt Vile's latest album does his own myth making: a man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, through the dustbowl history of woody honest straight forward talk Guthrie, and a California canyon dead still night floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodiless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter up cycling. In Kurt's words, "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch -- not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable."

For a record that plays like a cohesive acoustic experience, its musicality marks Kurt's departure from an electric guitar experience to include a range of instrumentation with a large group of players. From the banjo he plays on "I'm an Outlaw" to the piano and lap steel on "Life Like This," and the myriad of instruments on other songs, including farfisa, resonator, harps, horns and synth, one never thinks about what exactly is going as it all serves the song seamlessly. The heart of the record is "Stand Inside." The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn't go where you think it will or rather gives in to itself and celebrates a man willing to be defined by a woman and his love for her as witness to each other’s lives… "Don't stand by my side, stand inside" gives up roleplaying for true exposure and vulnerability.

It's a weird, accepting, mature record, acknowledging the inherent immaturity of being a person whether father, husband, partner, adult, musician, not perfect, but compelling for its understanding.

Label: Matador Records

Official website: https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly?fref=ts



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