Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile left the band The War on Drugs back in 2008 after the release of his self-recorded debut album Constant Hitmaker garnered a fair amount of critical success. Since then, he has not turned back to his past band and instead fully embraced his solo career with his backing band the Violators. I for one am glad he did so. Vile has a knack of slipping in bits and pieces of Americana folk into grungy psychedelic pop tunes, all with a modern twist to it so it seems current, yet somewhat timeless. His styles have changed slightly from album to album, and with his newest release, Walkin On A Pretty Daze he has found a way to chill out more than ever. The album title is a proper summation for the feel of the album, which it perfectly encapsulates a very dreamy daze-like ambience floating through entire +60 minutes. His pop-grunge vibe is still there, but in a longer and more relaxed fashion. This makes for one of my favorite efforts from Kurt thus far.
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Keeping in line with our post yesterday, highlighting what we believe to be the ten best psychedelic rock albums of all time, I decided to cull a few choice nuggets from my personal library and say a few words. Seeing as our list of albums yesterday stuck mostly to the classics (and understandably so), I decided to keep most of the tracks on here a bit more modern. In a bit of a hurry today, so I’ll let you get right to the action. Enjoy.
Kurt Vile – “Wakin on a Pretty Day”
Todd, Wes, and I had a little text conversation yesterday about Kurt Vile’s new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, and while we couldn’t decide whether it was superior to his previous release (Smoke Ring For My Halo), we all agreed its pretty damn good. Album opener, “Wakin on a Pretty Day”, to me, shows Vile is becoming completely comfortable in his strengths and abilities. And unlike many of the bands that are harkening back to another time that are much-lauded today, I feel Vile alludes to his influences more than mimics them.
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