KURT VILE – ” Pretty Pimpin “

Posted: August 28, 2015 in MUSIC
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Before pressing play on Kurt Vile’s new album, its artwork sticks out.b’lieve i’m going down, the Philly rocker’s sixth record, shows Vile sitting alone with an acoustic guitar, just like the image on his breakthrough Smoke Ring For My Halo. “This is definitely more of a loner record,” which largely foregoes the crunchy riffs and psychedelic jams that Kurt Vile and his band the Violators packed into 2013’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. “The last record was really Violators-based,” he says. “This one it’s like half and half.”

But whether Kurt Vile deals in electric groove or acoustic precision—and on b’lieve it’s usually the latter—he keeps his Möbius-strip-like guitar melodies intact. Recorded partly in Joshua Tree and lyrically nodding to topics from Dust Bowl history to early Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel songs, b’lieve is Vile’s most American-sounding album yet. “It’s got a lot of West Coast vibes,” Vile says. “I definitely feel comfortable on the East Coast in a natural, ball-busting way, so we get that edgy thing. Then when I go to the West Coast I can tap into the more ethereal drifter thing.”

Kurt Vile might explore big sounds and ideas in the studio but in conversation he’s grounded and affable. This seemingly-oxymoronic mix of clarity and disjointedness has contributed to Vile’s image as a stoner

Kurt Vile’s 2015 will soon ramp up in a big way. b’lieve comes out Sept. 25th and along with sharing lead single “Pretty Pimpin”—streaming below—the rocker announced a slew of tour dates and the album’s tracklisting on Tuesday. Vile chatted with EW about getting back to his loner roots, being influenced by Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor, and why a potential reunion with former War on Drugs bandmate Adam Granduciel isn’t out of the question.

From the new album “b’lieve i’m goin down” out September 25th

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