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.
After chronicling the best of 2015 so far last month, I’m back with a monthly recap for the hot-as-hell July we just endured. While the month may have lacked in quantity in terms of albums released, the quality of the month’s best is among the best of the year. As for the singles of July 2015, there were some phenomenal ones as well. From the returns of Beach House, Chvrches, Kurt Vile, Lana Del Rey and YG, to Disclosure and Sam Smith’s triumphant reunion, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen’s continuing masterclass display in pop, expect to see a lot of these tracks end up on year-end lists come December.
top tracks. july 2015.
1. Beach House, “Sparks”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Run Away With Me” / “Warm Blood”
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.
Well, that was fast. 2013 is already halfway over, and we’ve already gotten enough new music to hold us over until 2015. While the first three months saw artists from My Bloody Valentine to Justin Timberlake releasing new music, these past three months have seen the likes of Savages, Daft Punk, Deerhunter, and Kanye West all release new albums.
Today, I bring you the second of four installments in the Quarterly Report series. I’ll be back with the best tracks of the third quarter of 2013 at the end of September. Until then, let’s take a look back at what the months of April all the way through June had to offer.
2013’s first five months have given us so much great music that it’s hard to believe that over half of the year remains. And while it is rather difficult to keep up with the surplus of fantastic albums released weekly, with the summer upon us, now’s the time to perhaps dive into those albums you missed the first go around.
New albums from Kanye West, J. Cole, AlunaGeorge, The Fuck Buttons, Beyoncé, and a second installment from Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience are all due sometime this year, and are sure to shake up this list, here’s a look back at the top albums of the year thus far. From A$AP Rocky to Disclosure, these are the top albums from January to May. Continue reading “LIST: 40 Albums for 2013”→