With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
Following on from his last solo venture of 2015 and not forgetting the wildly successful collaborative record with fellow rambler Courtney Barnett of last year, Kurt Vile returns with his new album ‘Bottle It In’ - and what a record it is. With the expansive pilgrimage through folk and country, rock and indie and even touching on the borders of psychedelia reaching an impressive 80 minutes, Vile manages to maintain his demeanor of stoner-rock strums of guitar, idiosyncratic riffs and rambling lyricisms while still introducing new notes of his artistry that have yet to be showcased - with tracks ‘Cold Was the Wind’ and ‘Check Baby’ offering the more classic sounds of rock only to be drenched in reverb and fuzz. Written and recorded in between slews of American road trips, Vile’s distinctive drawl takes listeners on a similar journey through what can only be described as a lengthy, hazy trip of another sort, as his thought-provoking lyrics could easily be mistaken for ad-lib commentary layered over some expert multi-instrumentalist work. This is without a doubt one of Kurt Vile’s most extensive works, both in length and in new endeavours, but it also might just be his best yet.
Kurt Vile and The Violators take their sounds - old and new - to Leeds’ O2 Academy on Sunday 11th November.
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