Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile is one of my favourites. He played in The War on Drugs for several years before amicably parting and pursuing a solo career. He released the excellent Smoke Ring for My Halo in 2011. That album found its way onto numerous critics’ year-end lists.
Kurt Vile’s sound calls to mind the more pensive moments conjured by Tom Petty, as evidenced by the expansive, meandering guitar lines. This is big sky music, perfect for roads trips. But it also has a sleepy, impressionistic quality that makes it perfect morning music on weekends. His vocal delivery is reminiscent of Bob Dylan, as he seldom delivers a chorus the same way twice.
Recently, Kurt’s label announced that his next album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, will be released on April 9th. He has recently shared a track from it, called “Wakin On A Pretty Day,” which you can hear below. I can’t stop listening to this track. If the rest of the album is this good, Wakin On A Pretty Daze will be his best album. I only hope he plans a few Canadian dates on his next tour.
For the cover art of his new album, Kurt asked graffiti artist and muralist (and fellow Philadelphian) Stephen Powers to interpret some of the lyrics from the album into a mural. The video below contains the new song, set to time-lapse footage of the mural being painted.