Are you going on a road trip this summer? Good. Take some Kurt Vile with you. The man’s music was basically made for one long road trip.
I don’t know about you, but there’s a real lack of musicianship these days. Kurt Vile, though, he’s woven from a different cloth. His sound is noticeably Neil Young influenced, and he sure takes that influence to heart. ‘Wakin’ on a Pretty Day’ starts laid back and clean, like a Neil Young or 70’s-esque soft rock ballad, before it cliffs off into a reverberating psychedelic drone. The song clocks in at a lengthy 9 mins but, falling victim to Kurt Vile’s spell, you feel you could let it go on for 9 more. With Vile’s blurred and slight melancholy tinged sound, it’s the kind of song I’d want while driving miles to nowhere through the desert, a high noon sun overhead.
In the same vein as Mac DeMarco, Vile seems ejected from another era. His ‘yeahs’ and nonchalant drawl, comme Lou Reed and Pavement, give him that slacker cool factor. But this nonchalant indifference doesn’t detract from the fact that beneath his smoky, puffed-out guitar reverberations lie some truly beautifully woven melodies. It’s a striking combo, and perhaps what makes Vile so alluring. It’s beauty without even really trying.
And if this isn’t enough for you, you can scope out his former band The War On Drugs to satisfy your Kurt Vile fix.