Kurt Vile's album Bottle It In. Available here on Indie Exclusive Blue Colored LP, Standard Double LP and Standard CD.
Kurt Vile is back with his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying Bottle It In. Every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. The track ‘Cold Was the Wind’ pushes Vile into Springsteen/Cohen territory with imagery that sounds like the great outdoors feel, whereas ‘Check Baby’ is in its essence an 80s hair metal stomp. The jive-talkin’ drawl in his vocals and instinctively playful lyrics effortlessly curl around his guitar lines to deliver an overall epic seventh studio album. Available on Indie Exclusive Blue Colored Double Vinyl, Standard Black Double Vinyl and CD via Matador.
Kurt Vile is back with his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying Bottle It In, which he recorded at various studios around America over two very busy years, during sessions that usually punctuated the ends of long tours or family road trips. Every song, whether it’s a concise and catchy pop composition or a sprawling guitar epic, becomes a journey unto itself, taking unexpected detours, circuitous melodic avenues, or open-highway solos. If Vile has become something of a rock guitar god—a mantle he would dismiss out of humility but also out of a desire to keep getting better, to continue absorbing new music, new sounds, new ideas—it’s due to his precise, witty playing style, which turns every riff and rhythm into points on a map and takes the scenic route from one to the next.
Using past albums as points of departure, Bottle It In heads off in new directions, pushing at the edges of the map into unexplored territory: Here be monster jams. These songs show an artist who is still evolving and growing: a songwriter who, like his hero John Prine, can make you laugh and break your heart, often in the same line, as well as a vocalist who essentially rewrites those songs whenever he sings them in his wise, laconic jive-talkin’ drawl. He revels in the minutiae of the music— not simply incorporating new instruments but emphasizing how they interact with his guitar and voice, how the glockenspiel evokes cirrocumulus clouds on “Hysteria,” how Kim Gordon’s “acoustic guitar distortion” (her term) engulfs everything at the end of “Mutinies,” how the banjo curls around his guitar lines and backing vocals from Lucius to lend a high-lonesome aura to “Come Again.”
LP+ - Indie Exclusive Blue Colored LP. Includes Download Code.
LP - Standard Double LP. Includes Download Code.
CD - Standard CD.