In Case You Missed It: Kurt Vile's Retro Authenticity on 'Pretty Pimpin'
In today's rock n roll scene where arena rock is what sells, it's refreshing to watch the growth of an artist like Kurt Vile. His conversational approach to lyrical delivery could easily be mistaken for something from the lost tapes of Lou Reed. The first instrument he learned to play was the banjo, which explains his fingerpicking guitar playing, reminiscent of artists like Donovan and pre-T Rex Marc Bolan. Elements of blues, blue grass, and folk rock put Vile in on another level of artistry in comparison to today's current rock bands that are dominating the charts. Vile leaves his ego at the door and sits down to give complete presence to his craft.
b'lieve I'm goin' down is his sixth studio album, recorded at different locations across the country. Vile describes this album as "All over the place. Everything you can imagine I've done... That's where I'm at now, that I can sort of tap into every world and make it cohesive".
Stand out lyrics:
"I could be a thousand miles away but still mean what I say"
"He was always a thousand miles away while still standing in front of your face"
"All he ever wanted was to be someone in life that was just like 'All I want is to just have fun'"