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.
Image is Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth.