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Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Yesterday Philadelphia-based strumster Kurt Vile announced the release of his fourth LP, Smoke Ring For My Halo, on March 8th via Matador Records. If you’re too impatient to wait until then though it’s available to stream  in full now over on the wonderful NPR.

Whilst the new record has lost a lot of the dreamy reverb and ethereal fuzz that made his breakthrough release, Childish Prodigy, stand out so prominently from the rest of the ‘singer-songwriter’ crowd, the new album only serves as proof of his underlying songwriting talent. Simply crafted but achingly heartfelt, his tender impressions of bluesy melancholy conjure slo-mo montages of lazy dustbowl towns and grizzled frontier-bound locals steeped in nostalgia. Think an eternal Wim Wenders roadtrip to nowhere. Kurt, you can soundtrack me any time.

Click here to stream in full.

Image is Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth.

This entry was written by Mary J Bilge and published on March 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm. It’s filed under music and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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