There comes a point in every stoned musician’s longest bong session when the idea of releasing an ambient folk EP sounds like a good idea

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Sore Eros & Kurt Vile - 'Jamaica Plain'

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Sore Eros & Kurt Vile – ‘Jamaica Plain’

There comes a point in every stoned musician’s longest bong session when the idea of releasing an ambient folk EP full of birdsong, drones and repetitive tone-poems that were recorded 10 years ago sounds like a good idea. If anyone could pull this off it’s Kurt Vile, who created this three-track EP of largely instrumental soundscapes alongside Robert Robinson of Connecticut’s Sore Eros in the early 2000s. But ‘Jamaica Plain’ is inessential stuff. The title track is the sound of an acoustic guitar setting off from Honolulu on a solo drift across the Pacific, ‘Serum’ a lethargic Spiritualized interlude set to crooked synths and chugs, and ‘Calling Out Of Work’ the sound of Vile tuning up in an ambient aviary. Pointless.

Mark Beaumont

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Record label:Care In The Community
Release date:04 Nov, 2013