Kurt Vile: Wakin' on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

 |   |  <1 min read

Kurt Vile: Girl Called Alex
Kurt Vile: Wakin' on a Pretty Daze (Matador)

The improbably-named Philadelphian here opens this beguiling fifth album with the nine minutes-plus sorta-title track which lazily reassures his love/the listener that it's okay, he's fried, living low and lazy before a delightfully long skygaze-meets-Neil Young guitar part glistens off into the distance.

As a statement of intent it's enormously impressive and – after his terrific if darker folk-rock album Smoke Ring For My Halo – signals that now he's connecting more closely to the Church (the woozy Girl Called Alex) and Neil Halstead/Mojave 3 as this slips between electro-acoustic rock and blissed-out ambience.

If that previous album was about the emotional problems of touring this sounds like he's woken to a pretty day and had lift-off into transcendent psychedelic space where the drugs really do work.

His askew lyrics, pop smarts (Pure Pain, the self-probing Shame Chamber and bristling Snowflakes Are Dancing could/should be played on radio), mercurial guitar, occasional forays back to folk-rock (Too Hard) and coherent tone make for an understated gem.

And the 10 minute-plus closer Goldtone (again Dylanesque in his allusive lyric) neatly delivers you back to the start for repeat plays.

Album of the year votes open here.

Like the sound of this? Then try this.

Share It

Your Comments

Vassilis - Apr 15, 2013

Review: Short, 'dense', to-the-point; poetic in a strange manner| Music: What a brilliant record this is! Been listening to it the whole weekend while driving some 1000km crossing the country..worked perfectly for me!

Jos - Apr 17, 2013

Yes, this Vile piece works a treat! :)

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Attack in Black; Years (by one thousand fingertips): (Dine Alone/Shock)

Attack in Black; Years (by one thousand fingertips): (Dine Alone/Shock)

Maybe it helps not to know that this Canadian band's debut Marriage was some kind of rootsy punk/rock/alternative album (I'm quoting from the bio, never heard it myself). Or that their vinyl-only... > Read more

Jakob Dylan: Seeing Things (Sony/BMG)

Jakob Dylan: Seeing Things (Sony/BMG)

This son of Bob will be 40 next year and has a substantial career behind him with the Wallflowers (five albums) plus some high-profile guest spots. But with this debut under his own name you have... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Gladys Knight: Talent with talons

Gladys Knight: Talent with talons

Press conferences are a waste of time and no sensible journalist entertains them. Ask your best question and everyone else gets the great answer. And if you are a print journalist those lazy... > Read more

Rarotonga, Cook Islands: Clocking Off

Rarotonga, Cook Islands: Clocking Off

At 3.20 in the afternoon the clock on the bus taking us from the airport to the hotel reads 9.07. This could be an early and welcome sign that things here in the Cook Islands -- as in most... > Read more