Kurt Vile is back with his new studio album 'Bottle It In'. The new record is the seventh in the ex-War on Drugs lead guitarist's album releases and is due out via Matador Records.
The album is a follow up to 2015's highly acclaimed 'b’lieve i’m goin down…,' (and 2017's 'Lotta Sea Lice', his collab with Courtney Barnett). It could very well be Vile's most mature work so far and has already garnered some rave reviews. Pitchfork gave the album a score of 7.0, praising the Philadelphia-based songwriter for his deliberate pace and ranged textures, while Stereogum called the LP "an immersive, ingratiating experience."
The Guardian gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying "lesser musicians would make these songs as boring as a drugs story you aren’t involved in, but Vile ultimately has such an instinctive facility for melodic logic... there’s a clear-headed, big-hearted songwriter at work."
The album was previewed by the psychedelic folk-rock sprawling single 'Bassackwards', which is just one of four songs that stretch out to the ten-minute mark. In fact, the 13 tracks together span a total of 78 minutes, making it Vile's longest album to date. He takes all the sweet time to flesh out the intricate melodies and textures that unfold like endless Matroska dolls.
'Bottle It In' was recorded in various cities across the US over three years while Vile was touring the country and boasts some high-profile collaborations including Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Cass McCombs, Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), and Mary Lattimore.
“I’ve been bouncing around a lot and recording all over,” he recounted in a statement. “My family would meet me in the middle of America, and we’d go on a road trip somewhere. I would record in between all that stuff.”
As CoS points out, some of the tracks on 'Bottle It In' were recorded with producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs) at Beer Hole studios in Los Angeles. A few others also came together in Portland and Brooklyn, but most of the LP was recorded at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut with the assistance of Peter Katis (Interpol, The National).
Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can stream the full album below:
In support of the new record, Kurt Vile will be hitting the road for the next couple of months, with dates scheduled in North America and beyond. Find his full schedule of tour dates here.