Kurt Vile was last seen when he dropped one of the best albums of 2011, Smoke Ring For My Halo, (which just so happened to include my 6th favorite song of the year, “Puppet To The Man”) but the guy must have been hard at work for the last two years because his latest release, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, is even better. The album is awash with liquid guitars and Kurt’s signature slacker vocals and while a case could be made for almost any song on here to be the favorite (including the almost title track ”Wakin On A Pretty Day”) “Girl Called Alex” just edges out the rest of the pack to be my stand out. Layers of soft guitars float in patterns while Kurt softly describes one of his idyllic relationship fantasies. There even comes a moment where he realizes words just wont cut it and his guitar inserts itself halfway through a thought.to do the talking for him. Then finally near the end, things slowly melt into a sleepy outro, as if Kurt knew we’d need a little help getting back down to earth.
The wild and vivid imagination of Emilie Nicolas has been set to film in this fantastic music video reel by André Foldøy Chocron. Though it’s a composite of several music videos, the syncopation brings it all together quite well.
Seriously, the layered pulsation and buildup, exploding into a sunbleached world.. And the gorgeous variation, later with the revolutions in the background like some alien carousel- an electric sound that is distinctly MAPS- I haven’t been getting high off of music lately but here I am now.
And it’s not even the full song. This will be another one of my favorite albums.
A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or pleasant.
Alternation between opposite or contrasting things: “the vicissitude of the seasons”.
a change or variation occurring in the course of something.