Kurt Vile / Wakin On A Pretty Daze

April 19, 2013

Written by: Jason Ribadeneyra

Kurt Vile

Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Matador, 2013


Beginning with the leadoff track “Wakin On A Pretty Day” Kurt Vile comes on like the Kurt Vile you’d expect him to come on like before loudly morphing into some sort of twisted Tom Petty like creature on the following song “KV Crimes.” This transformation is par for the course with any Vile album but it sets a certain precedent here. The man has come around so to speak. Anyways, he then has the gall to dust off the beat machine and create a “water drops into a puddle in a cave” drum track that compliments the driving “Was all Talk.” Then, if only to keep you honest he’s the tear inducing mutterer singing about how he “thinks about them all the time” on the wide open and sad “Girl Named Alex.” All this in the first four tracks.

It’s so refreshing to hear an album that can pull off this sort of kinkiness and do it with such class and ease. The man has done it this time. Only an album this good can use the infamous cowbell so “devil may care 1979”, and that’s saying something. Listen to the freak flag flying vibe on “Air Bud.” I can’t hear that drum machine/guitar blend as the song sets sail without smiling and moving. I needed this. I needed to hear Vile’s high pitch yelps during the chorus of “Shame Chamber.” I needed to hear the lo-fi John Bonham drum beats of Vince Nudo. I needed “Never Run Away” to get stuck up inside my head for days at a time because these are dire days and I aint gatherin’ much moss. Vile and his band The Violaters teamed with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) and achieve a sound and atmosphere that I’m having a hell of a time doing justice to limited by these weird words. Just know that Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze is warm and fuzzy, clear as hell, and dark and gorgouse all at once, just like you.


Go forth and thrash.

Jasen Ribadenera

4-19-13. Bushwick, NYC


Favorites. “Air Bud” “Shame Chamber” “KV Crimes

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