Kurt Vile's last album, Smoke Ring For My Halo, was one of my favorite albums of 2011. I got turned onto it after seeing him at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest that fall. Quite frankly, I much more enjoyed the album than his live performance but that could've been because I wasn't familiar with the music yet.
Now that I know and love Vile I've been anxiously awaiting the release of his new album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. Well, the wait is over as it was released yesterday. The verdict? It's fantastic and everything one could hope for.
WOAPD has catapulted its way to my top five of the year thus far. And that's only after a couple of listens. It still has Vile's lazy,hazy folk feel but with a touch brighter production. Someone said he sounds like a drugged-out Tom Petty. In a good way, of course.
It's hard to get psychedelic folk music right. Oft times it comes off as cheesy or too earnest. Vile's songs and style sound natural. The ten minute title cut which opens the album sets the laid back mood perfectly. It'll be on my summer soundtrack for sure.
Artist: Kurt Vile
Album: Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Review: Music OMH