CURRENT: Kurt Vile – “Life Like This”

No one would ever confuse Kurt Vile as being high-strung. So it’s pretty impressive that the second taste of one of the more anticipated fall releases (right next to you, Chromatics) of 2015 shows Vile even more relaxed than on “Pretty Pimpin'” or Wakin On A Pretty Daze. “Life” is anchored by a rolling piano section, with Vile casually inserting some guitar riffs here and there. “Wanna live a life like mine,” he asks early on, and throughout “Life Like This” and its glorious video, a life like that seems like a pretty good alternative.

b’lieve i’m goin down is out September 25 via Matador.

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CURRENT: Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”

When I first began writing this blog, Kurt Vile was readying the release of one of the 2013’s best albums, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Now, he’s returning two and a half years later with the hotly anticipated b’lieve i’m goin down. The new set is led by the recently released “Pretty Pimpin”, which finds the one time War On Drugs-affiliate as twangy as ever before. But look past the banjos and the country inflections to his vocals, and “Pimpin” is quintessential Vile. He hasn’t become known as one of the best guitarists this decade by accident. While he’s hardly showy, Vile’s consistent, hypnotic playing pulls listeners in as he burrows his way deep into the track. “I didn’t recognize the man in the mirror,” he sings at the beginning of the song. And for the rest of the track, we gladly follow Kurt Vile as he attempts to find himself, hidden underneath an intense cloud of smoke.