Kurt Vile & The Violaters - ‘it’s a big world out there (and I am scared)’ EP Matador

Kurt Vile & The Violaters - ‘it’s a big...

As a solo artist, Kurt Vile has released five albums in five years and, counting this new one, as many EPs. Absolutely necessary? Depends on how much of a fan you are, and he did warn you – his debut album was called ‘Constant Hitmaker’. It...

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Sore Eros & Kurt Vile - 'Jamaica Plain'

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...

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Kurt Vile - 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

Kurt Vile - 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

You can always tell a Kurt Vile track when you hear one. He starts with an idea – one simple chord cycle – and plays it over and over, weighed down by reverb, like rings from a drop of water moving out across a pool. On his best songs that...

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Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile

It’s nearly 10.30pm and there’s no action whatsoever on Camden Barfly’s small stage. In front of it, the crowd is packed so densely it may as well be waiting for a Glastonbury headliner. Raising your arms is difficult. Going to the bar is...

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Kurt Vile – 'Wakin On A Pretty Day'

Kurt Vile – 'Wakin On A Pretty Day'

Life moves pretty fast, right? Not for Kurt Vile. The unhurried (almost) title track to his new album ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ finds the slacker hero ambling dreamily along for nine minutes of dreamy strum-rock. Hit the snooze button and play...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (8/10/11)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (8/10/11)

Kurt Vile - 'Life’s A Beach' Eight months on from its release and we still can’t quite tear ourselves from the snuggly clutches of Philadephia mumbler Kurt Vile’s gorgeous fourth album ‘Smoke Ring For My Halo’. Honestly, it’s like a...

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Kurt Vile - 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'

Kurt Vile - 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'

Kurt Vile is the kind of guy who lugs about his talent like an unwanted piece of luggage. The Philadelphian songwriter’s second album for Matador is a thing of strange and reluctant beauty, leaning more heavily than before on his folk-tinged...

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Album review: Kurt Vile - 'Childish Prodigy'

Album review: Kurt Vile - 'Childish Prodigy'

Kurt Vile : the two words conjure images of some hackneyed prick from Hackney Wick rolling around the floor of Barden’s Boudoir carefully cutting his bare torso with razor blades while three bird’s nest-haired morons spaz out behind....

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