It’s been a great year for Kurt Vile. His new album Wakin On A Pretty Daze was universally acclaimed and rightly so and for the first time hit the charts. It’s a brilliant piece of timeless contemporary American indie rock music ruminating on Kurt Vile’s life and those around him. KV Crimes for me is the standout track, that guitar riff sends shivers.
He recently announced that a deluxe edition of the album is due to be released featuring two new tracks, fleshed out versions of songs on the album and a synth string version of Never Run Away. Along with this announcement he provided a mixtape he had been conceiving for some time while on the road touring. Here is what he had to say about it:
‘i don’t want to dissect all my favorite music for everyone. but i sent this mix to my friends involved in my record for the purpose of loose/good vibes. and then i sent it to some other friends and loved ones. some of whom complimented it, and of course i was flattered cuz i did work hard on it like a total dork, hah… i didn’t just throw it together.
i don’t wanna say all this stuff influenced my record in any obvious way.
but subliminally? most def.
cuz that’s life. always influenced by your surroundings.’
It is a great insight into how the album was put together. Have a listen above and check out the tracklist below:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – No Second Thoughts
Gary Numan – Are ‘friends’ Electric?
David Byrne – My Big Hands (Fall Through The Cracks)
Randy Newman – Baltimore
Tim Buckley – Home To Stay
The Byrds – Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds – Truckstop Girl
The Flamin Groovies – Whiskey Woman
Rowland Howard and Nikki Sudden – A Quick Thing
Syd Barret – Opel
Pink Floyd – Green Is The Colour
Aphrodite’s Child – Take Your Time
Bill Fay – Warwick Town
Big Star – Stroke It Noel
Michael Chapman – You Say
Miles Davis – Here Come De Honey Man
David Bowie – Art Decade
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl
Royal Trux – Waterpark
The Rolling Stones – 100 Years Ago
Aphrodite’s Child – Valley Of Sadness
Ween – Lullabye
- Kurt Vile & Sore Eros – “Serum” (stereogum.com)
- Kurt Vile – Walking on a Pretty Daze (2013) (miamiswamp.com)